Ran errands at the Associated Press in NYC
Worked at the Associated Press as a reporter; covered police headquarters and criminal activities throughout NYC
Published first book, "Blye, Private Eye", a profile of professional private investigator Irwin Blye
Working as a freelance writer, published pieces in ESQUIRE, LIFE and NEW YORK magazine
Became the crime expert for NEW YORK magazine
Wrote and hosted "An Essay on the Mafia" for CBS-TV
Published "Wiseguy", a nonfiction account of low-level organized crime figures
Began research for "Casino", a nonfiction account of the rise and fall of a Chicago bookie in Las Vegas
Feature debut, co-scripted (with director Martin Scorsese) "GoodFellas", adapted from his book "Wiseguy"
Served as a contributing editor to NEW YORK magazine
Feature producing debut, served as producer on "Father Hood", a failed family comedy-drama starring Patrick Swayze
TV producing debut, executive produced "Loyalty and Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob", a two-part documentary on Fox (also wrote)
Reunited with Scorsese to script the feature "Casino"; published nonfiction hardcover "Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas" nearly simultaneously with the release of the (slightly) fictionalized film
Served as executive producer of the CBS drama series "Michael Hayes"