S E A N  M I T C H E L L  is a journalist, critic and author of the collection Why the News from Hollywood Always Wears a Tan: Profiles, Essays and Encounters. His articles about theatre, film, radio, TV and popular music have appeared regularly in the Los Angeles Times, as well as The New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, New York Newsday, Rolling Stone, InStyle, TV Guide, The Nation and USA Today. He was previously a staff writer at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and Dallas Times Herald.  

Awards include the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music and the George Jean Nathan Award for distinguished drama criticism.

Born in Bethlehem, Pa., he grew up in Dallas and is a graduate of Brown University and St. Mark’s School of Texas. He lives in Dallas.


Praise for Why the News from Hollywood Always Wears a Tan:

“Sean Mitchell’s cold-eyed reporting on the performers, publicists and producers gives us a bracing insight into why it’s so hard to find out what really happens within an industry so adored by the American public. These sterling commentaries on movies, music, theatre and sports make you feel you’ve gotten what’s real from a writer who dares to take risks.

–C.W. Smith, author of The Vestal Virgin Room, Uncle Dad and Steplings


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