Sally Denton is an investigative reporter, author, and historian who writes about the subjects others ignore--from a drug conspiracy in Kentucky to organized crime in Las Vegas; from corruption within the Mormon Church to the hidden history of Manifest Destiny; from one of America's bitterest political campaigns to the powerful forces against Franklin D. Roosevelt. She has an extensive background in print and broadcast, as well as magazine and book writing. She is the Director of Literary Nonfiction at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute a the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
"...Denton could hold a conference all her own and discuss how to take heat and still survive in a hostile climate. She is the television reporter who took on the Kentucky power structure." Las Vegas Sun, 1983.
AWARDS AND HONORS
BMI-Kluge Fellowship, 2013
Woodrow Wilson Public Scholar Fellowship, 2010.
Hoover Media Fellowship, Stanford University, 2009.
Hoover Media Fellowship, Stanford University, 2008.
Guggenheim Fellowship, 2006.
Nevada Writers’ Hall of Fame, 2008.
New York Times “Editors’ Choice,” July 2007. Passion and Principle
New York Times “Notable Book” of 2003. American Massacre
Western Heritage Wrangler Award, 2003. American Massacre
Nevada Silver Pen Award, 2003.
New York Times “Notable Book” of 2001. The Money and the Power
Western Heritage Wrangler Award, 2001. “The Truth at Mountain Meadows.” American Heritage Magazine. November 2001.
Lannan Foundation Literary Grant, 2000.
First Place “Investigative Reporting.” Kentucky AP Broadcasters, 1982.
First Place, “Investigative Reporting, New Mexico AP Award, 1978.
Author of eight non-fiction books from 1989 to 2016 published by Alfred A. Knopf, Bloomsbury, Doubleday, Vintage, Avon, University of Nebraska Press, and Simon and Schuster.
Adjunct Professor of Documentary Studies and History.
Goldstein and Denton. Washington, DC private investigations firm. 1984-1990.
United Press International investigative reporting team, Washington, D.C. 1983-1984.
WKYT Television, Lexington, Kentucky. Investigative reporter. 1980-1983.
Jack Anderson nationally-syndicated column. Investigative reporter. 1978-1980.
Rio Grande Sun. Espanola, New Mexico. Reporter. 1976-1978.
Boulder City News. Boulder City, Nevada. Reporter. 1975-1976.
“Mountain Massacre.” Investigating History with Bill Kurtis, Paul Hutton, producer. The History Channel, February 2004.
“The Money and the Power.” A & E production, January 2002.
“The Bluegrass Connection.” Dominick Dunne, Court TV production, 2004.