Lisa Belkin is an American journalist and author.[1] She is best known for Show Me a Hero: A Tale of Murder, Suicide, Race, and Redemption, her 1999 book about a public housing battle in Yonkers, New York.[2]

Show Me a Hero received positive reviews. Publishers Weekly wrote that it was a "vivid slice of urban politics, racial tension and the difficulties inherent in realizing the American dream."[3] Kirkus Reviews declared it a "riveting policy chronicle and cautionary tale that illustrates the urgency of rethinking our public housing policy."[4] The New York Times praised Belkin for maintaining a reportorial objectivity.[5] Show Me a Hero served as the basis for the 2015 HBO miniseries, starring Oscar Isaac.[6]

External videos
video icon Booknotes interview with Belkin on First, Do No Harm, April 25, 1993, C-SPAN

Her first book, First, Do No Harm: The Dramatic Story of Real Doctors and Patients Making Impossible Choices at a Big-City Hospital, was a New York Times 1993 Notable Book of the Year.[7]

Belkin has worked as a journalist for Yahoo News, The New York Times, and HuffPost.[8][9][10] She hosted a radio show on XM, an outgrowth of her "Life's Work" column.[11][12]

She is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia's School of Journalism.[13]



  1. ^ "Lisa Belkin Website". Lisa Belkin. December 5, 2014.
  2. ^ "Show Me a Hero by Lisa Belkin". Pan Macmillan.
  3. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Show Me a Hero: A Tale of Murder, Suicide, Race, and Redemption by Lisa Belkin, Author Little Brown and Company $24.5 (320p) ISBN 978-0-316-08805-3".
  4. ^ "SHOW ME A HERO by Lisa Belkin | Kirkus Reviews" – via
  5. ^ "A Costly Noble Idea".
  6. ^ "Show Me A Hero". HBO.
  7. ^ "Notable Books of the Year 1993". December 5, 1993 – via
  8. ^ "Lisa Belkin, Chief National Correspondent for Yahoo".
  9. ^ "Lisa Belkin". August 15, 2015 – via
  10. ^ "Lisa Belkin | HuffPost".
  11. ^ "'Show Me a Hero' writer bringing story to NW, AZ Jewish Post". Arizona Jewish Post.
  12. ^ "Lisa Belkin | Creative Nonfiction".
  13. ^ "Lisa Belkin | School of Journalism".