Matthew Lysiak on Newtown: An American Tragedy | Tantorious

Tantorious is a monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio.

Matthew Lysiak is a staff writer for the New York Daily News who has received national recognition for his exclusive reporting on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, as well as other fatal shootings across the country. His book, Newtown: An American Tragedy, is the definitive journalistic account of that horrific day that continues to play out on the national stage. A portion of the audiobook proceeds will be donated to the Avielle Foundation.



Excerpts from the audio interview:

Q: Where were you and what did you do on that terrible day, December 14, 2012?

A: I was a general assignment reporter, and on that day I was on a stakeout on Long Island. I kept getting these AP news alerts, and then around 2 o’clock I got one that said “20 children dead.” I instantly went home – I have three daughters myself – then drove straight to Newtown.

Q: You covered the story, then went back to live in Newtown for six months to write the book. What did you ultimately learn?

A: The devastation of the victims and their families was beyond anything I had ever encountered. Beyond that, I’m not an expert in mental health, but what shocked me was the extent to which our mental health system is broken. Moving forward, there has to be a better way. I’m hoping that this book can open up that debate a little bit more.

Listen to a sample of the Tantor audiobook edition of Newton: An American Tragedy, narrated by Adam Verner.

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