Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthNovember 1, 1954
SpouseLisa C. Smith, Sarah Whiting Macdonald, Debra Stone
FactHis son, Gary Bissinger, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Buzz's alma mater.

Buzz Bissinger is an American sportswriter and author, best known for his book Friday Night Lights, which was adapted into a film and television series. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 16, 1951, to parents Harry and Sylvia Bissinger. He has two brothers, Robert and David. Bissinger attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the school’s daily newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian. He graduated with a degree in English in 1974.

Bissinger began his career as a journalist at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1987. He has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and GQ. His book Friday Night Lights was published in 1990 and was adapted into a film in 2004 and a television series in 2006.

Bissinger has been married three times. His first marriage was to Lisa Jones in 1976, with whom he had two children. The couple divorced in 1992. He married Tonya Lewis in 1994, and the couple had one child before divorcing in 2002. His third marriage was to Connie Chung in 2003.

Bissinger has an estimated net worth of $5 million. He earns a salary of $1 million per year from his writing and other work.

General Info

Full NameBuzz Bissinger
Date Of BirthNovember 1, 1954
ProfessionJournalist, Author
EducationPhillips Academy, University of Pennsylvania


SpouseLisa C. Smith, Sarah Whiting Macdonald, Debra Stone
ChildrenZach Bissinger
ParentsEleanor Lebenthal Bissinger, Harry Gerard Bissinger II


AwardsPulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting
NominationsPulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Biography / Auto-biography
MoviesFriday Night Lights, Shattered Glass

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1His son, Zach Bissinger, is autistic.
2His son, Gary Bissinger, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Buzz's alma mater.
3Favorite 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.
4He is also a contributing editor to Vanity Fair magazine.
5Is 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.
6Awarded Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, 1985-1986.
7Has three sons, H.G. 'Gary' Bissinger IIII, Zachery 'Zack' Stone Bissinger (twins, born in 1985), And Caleb St. John Macdonald Bissinger, (born in 1991).
8Previous 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.
9Graduate of University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1976.
10Winner 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.
11His mother, Eleanor Lebenthal Bissinger, is related to the family that founded and runs Wall Street's Lebenthal Fund.




Friday Night Lights2006-2011TV Series book - 75 episodes
Friday Night Lights2004book "Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream" - as H.G. Bissinger
Shattered Glass2003article - as H.G. Bissinger
NYPD BlueTV Series teleplay by - 4 episodes, 2001 story by - 3 episodes, 2001


NYPD Blue2001TV Series co-producer - 19 episodes


I Am Cait2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
60 Minutes Sports2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Author, Friday Night Lights (segment "Friday Night Lights")
Today2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself - Vanity Fair Contributing Editor
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Imus in the Morning2014TV SeriesHimself
Philadelphia: The Great Experiment2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Piers Morgan Tonight2012-2013TV SeriesHimself
Hardball with Chris Matthews2013TV SeriesHimself
Face the Nation2012TV SeriesHimself - Sports Panelist
Tavis Smiley2012TV SeriesHimself
Reliable Sources2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
'Friday Night Lights': The Story of the 1988 Permian Panthers2005Video documentary shortHimself (as H.G. Bissinger)
Dinner for Five2005TV SeriesHimself
The Jane Pauley Show2004TV SeriesHimself
NFL Films Presents1967TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself - Vanity Fair Contributing Editor
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself - Vanity Fair Contributing Editor


Nominated Awards

2011OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing in a Drama SeriesFriday Night Lights (2006)
2005USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardFriday Night Lights (2004)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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