Daniel de Visé
Daniel de Visé is an author and journalist. A graduate of Wesleyan and Northwestern universities, de Visé worked for 23 years at five newspapers, including nine years (and more than one hundred front-page stories) at The Washington Post and, before that, seven years (and more than three hundred front-page stories) at The Miami Herald. He earned national visibility at the Post as higher education reporter, traveling the nation and filing hundreds of section-front stories about the economic and cultural forces transforming academia. Before that, he spent several years as an investigative reporter and “super” general-assignment reporter at The Miami Herald, writing primarily for the Herald’s front page. He reaped more than two dozen national, regional and local journalism awards, including part of a 2001 team Pulitzer Prize for the Herald’s coverage of the Elian Gonzalez raid, and numerous investigative journalism honors. He participated in the historic 2000 election recount and co-wrote two chapters in the celebrated book that followed. De Visé may be the only journalist to win national awards from the prestigious Education Writers Association in three different decades. His investigative reporting twice prompted the release of innocent men serving life prison terms for murder in Florida.
His first book, titled I Forgot to Remember and published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster, is a memoir about memory. It tells the story of co-writer Su Meck, who awoke in a hospital room one day in 1988 with complete retrograde amnesia, unable to recall the previous 23 years of her life. Published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster, I Forgot to Remember garnered praise from across the media landscape, including glowing reviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, O, The Oprah Magazine, Readers Digest and Salon.
De Visé’s second book, titled Andy and Don and published by Simon & Schuster in 2015, chronicles the lifelong friendship and comedy partnership of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, the relationship at the heart of America’s beloved television comedy, The Andy Griffith Show. The first literary book devoted to the Griffith legacy, Andy and Don draws on interviews with every surviving Griffith cast member and those who knew Don and Andy best: wives, children, managers, co-stars and drinking buddies. Publishers Weekly opined, “[de Visé] captures the complexity of both men and the intimacy of their friendship with extreme detail and sensitivity.” Pulitzer Prizewinning television critic Tom Shales termed the book “a lilting labor of love.” The book has sold more than 60,000 copies in its various editions.
The Comeback, de Visé’s third book, told the dramatic story of America's greatest cyclist, Greg LeMond, and how he overcame incredible odds to ride to the most dramatic Tour de France victory ever in 1989. Published in 2018 to wide critical acclaim, The Comeback inspired Congress in 2020 to award LeMond its highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal.
De Visé’s fourth book, King of the Blues, draws on the writer’s passion for collecting, composing and performing music to posit the first birth-to-death biography of B.B. King, the world’s greatest bluesman, whose revolutionary style of single-string solo guitar almost single-handedly inspired the modern guitar hero. Scheduled for publication in October, King of the Blues has already drawn early praise from reviewers.
De Visé returned to Wesleyan University in the 2020-21 academic year as a Koeppel Fellow, teaching journalistic nonfiction.