John O'Brien
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John O'Brien

I was a reporter for the Syracuse, NY, Post-Standard for nearly 30 years, the last 10 as an investigative reporter. I was a five-time winner of the New York State Bar Association's award for outstanding legal coverage, a 12-time winner of writing awards from the Associated Press and the New York Publishers Association, and published the 1996 true-crime book "Goodbye, My Little Ones," with my co-authors, Charles Hickey and Todd Lighty. The Post-Standard nominated me in 1993 for a Pulitzer Prize for stories that revealed corruption at the local medical examiner's office. In 2018, the Syracuse Press Club inducted me onto its Wall of Distinction. I took a job in 2017 as an investigator in the Federal Public Defender's Office. The head of the office, Federal Public Defender Lisa Peebles, and I have written a true-crime book, "Scrapped: Justice and a Teen Informant," that Black Rose Writing will publish July 29, 2021. It's the story of Heidi Allen's kidnapping.
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