Geoffrey Gray grew up in the upstate town of Binghamton,
New York. One of his first jobs as a boy was working alongside his grandfather in a recycling plant. He spent entire days leafing through thousands of discarded letters, smut magazines, and newspapers. He later changed career paths and drove an ice cream truck.
Among other places, he went to school in Northfield, Massachusetts, Alexandria, Egypt, and Rochester, New York.
After dropping out of college, he worked at a variety of media outlets. He wrote about homelessness and wrongful convictions for the Village Voice and spent a few years covered boxing and other fringe sports for The New York Times. In 2006, he became a contributing editor at New York Magazine. He now writes mostly feature stories about crime and politics. You can read some of his recent stories here: Rikers, Prison Escape. Last summer, he lived in Spain and followed a matador around for Sports Illustrated.
He’s written for other newspapers and magazines, and contributed a television segment to This American Life on Showtime. He is the co-owner of a documentary production company and also works as a chef’s apprentice in an Italian restaurant. SKYJACK is his first book.