David Carr writes a column for the Monday Business section of The New York Times which focuses on media issues including print, digital, film, radio and television. Mr. Carr also works as a general assignment reporter in the Culture section of The Times covering all aspects of popular culture. He also writes for the Media Decoder blog, a showcase for The Times’s extensive media coverage and a window on how the business of connecting with consumers is changing in the digital age. Until 2009, Mr. Carr covered the Hollywood awards season for four years with a daily blog called The Carpetbagger and a series of weekly videos that put a New York spin on the red carpet.
For the past 25 years, Mr. Carr has been writing about media as it intersects with business, culture and government.
He began working at The Times in 2002 covering the magazine publishing industry for the Business section. Before joining The Times, Mr. Carr was a contributing writer for The Atlantic Monthly and New York Magazine. In 2000, he was the media writer for Inside.com, a web news site focusing on the business of entertainment and publishing.
Before coming to New York, Mr. Carr served as editor of the Washington City Paper, an alternative weekly in Washington D.C., for five years. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Carr was editor of the Twin Cities Reader, a Minneapolis-based alternative weekly, and wrote a media column there as well.
Mr. Carr is the author of “The Night of the Gun” (Simon and Schuster, 2008), a memoir of addiction and recovery that used reporting to fact check the past.
He is the recipient of a 2009 “Best in Business” awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) for his Media Equation column. Also in 2009, Mr. Carr received the Mirror Award for best commentary in traditional media. The Mirror Awards, established by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2006, honor the reporters, editors and teams of writers who hold a mirror to their own industry for the public’s benefit.
Mr. Carr was a prominent part of the 2011 documentary about The New York Times, Page One: Inside the New York Times.