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  • The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right
    The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right
    by Sally Denton
  • The Pink Lady: The Many Lives of Helen Gahagan Douglas
    The Pink Lady: The Many Lives of Helen Gahagan Douglas
    by Sally Denton
  • Passion and Principle: John and Jessie Fremont, the Couple Whose Power, Politics, and Love Shaped Nineteenth-Century America
    Passion and Principle: John and Jessie Fremont, the Couple Whose Power, Politics, and Love Shaped Nineteenth-Century America
    by Sally Denton
  • Faith and Betrayal: A Pioneer Woman's Passage in the American West
    Faith and Betrayal: A Pioneer Woman's Passage in the American West
    by Sally Denton
  • American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857
    American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857
    by Sally Denton
  • The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America
    The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America
    by Sally Denton, Roger Morris
  • The Bluegrass Conspiracy: An Inside Story of Power, Greed, Drugs and Murder
    The Bluegrass Conspiracy: An Inside Story of Power, Greed, Drugs and Murder
    by Sally Denton
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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.

"...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.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Author of seven non-fiction books from 1989 to 2009 published by Alfred A. Knopf, Bloomsbury, Doubleday, Vintage, Avon, and University of Nebraska Press.  

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.

 

FILM DOCUMENTARIES

“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.