With Admiration and Thanks to Jeff Kunerth

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on February 10, 2015

Jeff Kunerth


When you admire a journalist as much as I admire Jeff Kunerth (Orlando Sentinel), it’s a real thrill when he publishes a book like Trout: A True Story of Murder, Teens, and the Death Penalty. One reviewer called it “seductive, repulsive, and compelling,” and compared it to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.  Thanks to Kunerth, I’ve had to re-evaluate my position on a difficult issue. I love work that makes me think, question, and think some more.

In 2013, Kunerth was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting (along with David Breen, Stephen Hudak, and Denise-Marie Ordway) for their coverage of hazing rituals by the Florida A&M University marching band that killed a drum major and led to the resignation of the band leader and the university president.

When he’s not writing compelling features for Orlando’s daily newspaper or completing a Masters degree at Goucher College, Kunerth enjoys long-distance bike rides with wife Gretchen and his bike club, the Primal Scream. He also enjoys crafting beautiful custom cigar-box newsstands (complete with teeny-tiny newspapers and magazines sporting relevant headlines) for friends and (especially) departing Sentinel employees. My husband Brad has his hanging in his office, with pride of place.

Can’t wait to see what Kunerth writes next!

Here’s what he has to say about Sewing Holes:

“Darlyn Finch Kuhn has written a modern Southern Gothic novel set in Jacksonville in the 1970s that keeps the reader captivated from beginning to end with characters that ring true and a story that transcends time.”

~ Jeff Kunerth 

Author of Trout: A True Story of Murder, Teens, and the Death Penalty




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