Thomas Kunkel is the author of Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of the New Yorker, Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of the New Yorker, and Letters From the Editor: The New Yorker's Harold Ross.
In 2008, Kunkel became seventh president of St. Norbert College.
He has served in that role ever since. Kunkel spent much of his early career in the newspaper industry, working in various editorial and managerial roles for organizations including the San Jose Mercury News, the Miami Herald, The New York Times and The Cincinnati Post.
From 1997 to 2000 he served as editor and director of the Project on the State of the American Newspaper, an examination led by editor and journalism professor Gene Roberts. From 2000 to 2008, Kunkel served as dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and president of the American Journalism Review at the University of Maryland.
Over the course of his career, Kunkel has authored or edited six books. Two of them – Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of The New Yorker and Letters From the Editor: The New Yorker's Harold Ross – were selected as New York Times Notable Books for 1995 and 2000, respectively. His most recent book, Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker, was published by Random House in 2015 to wide acclaim. The New York Times called it an “elegant and moving biography.” Kunkel has also written numerous articles, columns and reviews that have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday and Sports Illustrated among others.