Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Posts Tagged ‘Utah’

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

New Yorker story (and radio interview)

Last week I had a story in the New Yorker about Nadine Burke, a pediatrician in San Francisco, and the work she is doing to develop a clinical treatment protocol  from the emerging research about childhood trauma and its longterm effects. My reporting about Dr. Burke will become part of my new book, “The Success Equation,” which Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish next year.

The New Yorker story got me booked on “RadioWest,” an hourlong public-affairs show on KUER in Salt Lake City. The host, Doug Fabrizio, asked some great questions, as did the many callers, from Utah and around the country (the show is also broadcast nationwide on Sirius XM). There’s now audio of the whole hour available here.

The article also played a part in this fascinating blog post from Whet Moser, on, which manages to tie together my reporting on Dr. Burke with Alex Kotlowitz’s great reporting in the New York Times Magazine on the Ceasefire initiative in Chicago, as well as a handful of other news reports and scientific studies. It’s well worth reading to get some broader context on the question of childhood trauma.

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Whatever It Takes roundup

– The book is now available as an audiobook from, read by an actor named Ax Norman. It’s 10 hours and 22 minutes long. All for just $7.49!

– Sheena Wright, president and CEO of Abyssinian Development Corporation, told USA Today that “Whatever It Takes” was the last book she gave as a gift, saying, “I wanted people to understand the context for Abyssinian Development Corp.’s work in education and the history of education as a social justice movement. It deftly captures the philosophy of education embraced in a community like Harlem.”

– Plus blog posts on the book from a student at Brigham Young University and a student training to become a teacher near Washington, D.C. (writing for a web site co-founded by Dick Cheney’s former chief policy adviser!).

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Daily Herald Review

The Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, reviews Whatever It Takes:

Tough’s engaging prose and his profiles of students, parents and HCZ staff members make “Whatever it Takes” a hopeful and compelling narrative.