A recipient of The Outstanding Teaching Award from The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, Minutaglio is the author of several critically acclaimed nonfiction books. His journalism has appeared in many national and international newspapers and magazines.
His books include: “Dallas 1963” (TWELVE); "First Son: George W. Bush & The Bush Family Dynasty" (Times Books); "City on Fire: The Explosion That Devastated A Texas Town and Ignited A Historic Legal Battle" (HarperCollins); "The President's Counselor: The Rise To Power of Alberto Gonzales" (HarperCollins); “Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life” (PublicAffairs); “In Search of The Blues: A Writer’s Journey to the Soul of Black Texas” (University of Texas Press).
"City on Fire" was named by Esquire, along with works by Ernest Hemingway and others, as one the “greatest” tales of survival ever written. It was optioned on publication by the actor Tom Cruise. The Texas Observer said it was one of the “finest books ever written about Texas.”
Minutaglio’s journalism has appeared in: The New York Times, Esquire, Newsweek, Outside, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, Details, Texas Monthly, TALK, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Men’s Health, The Sporting News, Mexico Business, Scotland on Sunday, Texas Music, etc. He is a long-time columnist for The Texas Observer. He spent 18 years at The Dallas Morning News as a senior writer/columnist. He covered strife in Central America, Eastern Europe, Mexico, the Soviet Union and the Philippines. He traveled with the Sandinista Army in Nicaragua, reported on the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and filed stories about the end of the Marcos regime in Manila. He was a national correspondent for The Sporting News and TALK, where he worked for editor Tina Brown. He oversaw People’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He was a feature writer for The Houston Chronicle, arts editor of The San Antonio Express-News, and police reporter/columnist for The Abilene Reporter-News.
His work has been called "excellent" by The New York Review of Books, "fascinating" by The New York Times and "remarkable” by The Washington Post. His writing has been compared, by The Baltimore Sun, to that of Tom Wolfe and Hunter Thompson. His books have been published in China and the United Kingdom. Director Oliver Stone said Minutaglio’s work on President Bush was relied upon for Stone’s movie “W.”
His work is in many anthologies: "Literary Austin," edited by Don Graham, Regents Professor of American & English Literature at UT-Austin; "Merchants of Misery: How Corporate America Profits From Poverty"; "November 22: The Day Remembered"; "The Day JFK Died"; "Echoes of Texas Football: The Greatest Stories Ever Told." He is co-author of "The Hidden City," about the community where Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald lived. He is co-author of "Locker Room Mojo," about the nature of superstitions in sports.
Minutaglio wrote the script for the first major documentary film on the legacy of Vice President/Speaker of the House John Nance Garner. He and Julian Bond were asked to write essays for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution commemorating the assassination of President Kennedy. He has been interviewed by Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Katie Couric, Dan Rather, Charlie Rose, Terry Gross and many others. He has been featured on The Today Show, Nightline, NPR's "Fresh Air," C-SPAN/Book TV and in several documentaries. His work has been honored by The National Association of Black Journalists, National Conference of Christians and Jews, University of Missouri, National Headliners, Texas Headliners, etc. His work is listed in three editions of the "Best American Sports Writing" annual anthologies.
Minutaglio teaches storytelling, narrative writing, magazine writing and investigative journalism. He has spoken at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins University, The Texas Book Festival, etc. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He studied for a year at the Columbia University School of International Affairs, interned at the United Nations in New York, and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture monitoring free food programs in Harlem, the South Bronx and other New York neighborhoods.