DSP PicScott Porch is a contributing writer for The Daily Beast and Kirkus Reviews and has written for The AtlanticBiographileChicago Tribune, Esquire, The FaderHuffington Post, LongreadsMaxim, Politico Magazine, and Salon. He was formerly a reporter and editor for the Memphis Commercial Appeal and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

He is writing a book about the rise of feminism and the fracturing of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and ’70s.

Email: scottporch@gmail.com.


“The Book That Changed Campaigns Forever,” a 4,000-word profile of author Teddy White, Politico Magazine, April 22, 2015.

“How the World Turned on Bill Cosby: A Day-by-Day Account,” a tick-tock account of the Bill Cosby media storm, The Daily Beast, December 1, 2014.

“‘The Power Broker Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece,” a 6,000-word profile of author Robert Caro, The Daily Beast, September 16, 2014.

“Those Pesky Tapes: The Release of More Nixon Tapes is a Treasure for Historians,” reporting about recent revelations from the Nixon Tapes, Kirkus Reviews, July 31, 2014.

“When the Right to Vote Wasn’t a Right,” a historical essay about the PBS documentary Freedom Summer about a violent Mississippi voting-rights drive in 1964, The Daily Beast, June 23, 2014.

“The Decade When ‘The New Yorker’ Grew Up,” a conversation with New Yorker editors about a new collection of the magazine’s reporting from the 1940s, The Daily Beast, May 20, 2014.


Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, co-creator of Lifetime’s UnREAL, Playboy, June 30, 2015.

Tony Kushner, playwright, The Daily Beast, June 21, 2015.

Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, The Daily Beast, April 26, 2015.

Karina Longworth, creator of You Must Remember This, Longreads.com, March 17, 2015.

David Ritz, author of Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin (Little Brown, 2014), The Daily Beast, February 11, 2015.

Steven Pinker, author of The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (Viking, 2014), The Atlantic, December 30, 2014.

Finn Wittrock, star of American Horror Story: Freak Show, December 17, 2014.

Richard Norton Smith, author of On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller (Random House, 2014), The Daily Beast, November 19, 2014.


“Still Tricky,” Evan Thomas’s Being Nixon: A Man Divided (Random House, 2015) and Tim Weiner’s One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon (Henry Holt, 2015), Chicago Tribune, July 26, 2015.

“Tea Time,” Jeff Koehler’s Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea (Bloomsbury, 2015), Chicago Tribune, May 7, 2015.

“The Persuasive Minimalism of Philip Glass,” Philip Glass’s Words Without Music (Liveright, 2015), Biographile, April 24, 2015.

“Building the Great Society,” Julian E. Zelizer’s The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society (Penguin Press, 2015), Chicago Tribune,  January 8, 2015.

“North vs. South, From a New Direction,” Don H. Doyle’s The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War (Basic Books, 2014), Chicago Tribune, December 28, 2014.

“How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Faith in Government,” Jonathan Darman’s Landslide: LBJ and Reagan at the Dawn of a New America (Random House, 2014), The Daily Beast, October 21, 2014.

“Tavis Smiley Chronicles MLK’s Last Year,” Tavis Smiley’s Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Final Year (Little Brown, 2014), The Daily Beast, October 16, 2014.

“Cracks in the Glass,” Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon and Astrid Henry’s Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements (Liveright, 2014), Chicago Tribune, September 26, 2014.