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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 1 November 1954New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameHarry Gerard Bissinger III

Mini Bio (1)

A former Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who worked for several newspapers and wrote two acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers, 'Friday Night Lights' (as H.G. Bissinger) and 'A Prayer for the City.'

- IMDb Mini Biography By: mwprods@mindspring.com

Spouse (3)

Lisa C. Smith (12 November 2003 - present)
Sarah Macdonald (1985 - 1992) (divorced) (1 child)
Debrah Stone (1980 - 1983) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (11)

His mother, Eleanor Lebenthal Bissinger, is related to the family that founded and runs Wall Street's Lebenthal Fund.
Winner of the National Headliner Award, 1983 and co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1987, for series on the Philadelphia court system he wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Graduate of University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1976.
Previous newspaper experience includes stints on Norfolk, Virginia's Ledger-Star, 1976-1978, St. Paul's Pioneer Press Dispatch, Minnesota, 1978-1981; investigative reporter at Chicago Tribune, Illinois, and reporter, then editor at the Inquirer, 1981-1988.
Has three sons, H.G. 'Gary' Bissinger IIII, Zachery 'Zack' Stone Bissinger (twins, born in 1985), And Caleb St. John Macdonald Bissinger, (born in 1991).
Awarded Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, 1985-1986.
Is a second cousin of Peter Berg and Mary Berg. Peter directed Friday Night Lights (2004), based on Buzz's book. Buzz's paternal grandmother, Gertrude Louise Winkler, and Peter and Mary's maternal grandfather, Robert Eli Winkler, were siblings. Buzz is thus a second cousin, once removed, of Peter's son, Emmett Berg.
He is also a contributing editor to Vanity Fair magazine.
Favorite songs: "Telephone" by Lady Gaga, "Layla" by Eric Clapton, "Jumping Jack Flash" by The Rolling Stones, "Luckenbach, Texas" by Waylon Jennings, "Knocking on Heaven's Doors" by Bob Dylan.
His son, Gary Bissinger, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Buzz's alma mater.
His son, Zach Bissinger, is autistic.

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