Ken Gormley is president of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. A lawyer, constitutional scholar and author, Gormley’s work has earned him national and international acclaim. His book “The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr” (Crown 2010) was a New York Times bestseller and was selected as one of the top non-fiction books of the year by the New York Times and Washington Post. Gormley’s first book, “Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation” (Addison-Wesley 1997), won multiple book awards.
Earlier in his writing career, Gormley received the first Rolling Stone magazine college journalism award for feature writing, chronicling adventures including setting a Guinness World Record in brick carrying and wrestling a bear.
“The Heiress of Pittsburgh” is Gormley’s first work of fiction. Over thirty years in the making, it speaks to a subject that is universally relevant. A love story about people, places, and simple virtues that flourished in working class towns and ordinary communities that once built America, this beautifully-crafted novel provides hope that precious qualities of the past can be recast to create a rich new future; but only if success is boldly redefined.
Gormley has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, NPR’s Fresh Air, multiple PBS and BBC documentaries, and hundreds of television and radio shows in the United States and worldwide. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, Politico, HuffPost and numerous other publications. The former mayor of his town in Forest Hills, Pennsylvania – a small community outside Pittsburgh – he lives there with his wife and family.