About Matt

Matthew McGough is an author, journalist and screenwriter. His non-fiction writing has been published in The Atlantic, The New York TimesThe Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe. As a teenager, Matt was a bat boy for two seasons with the New York Yankees. He attended Williams College and Fordham Law School, then served as a law clerk to a federal judge in New York City.

In 2004, Doubleday published his memoir Bat Boy: Coming of Age with the New York Yankees. Matt’s spoken word performance about his first day with the Yankees was selected to lead off the pilot episode of The Moth Radio Hour. His book Bat Boy became the basis of CLUBHOUSE, a primetime TV series on CBS. Matt was then hired as a legal consultant and staff writer for NBC’s LAW & ORDER. He wrote on LAW & ORDER from 2006 to 2010, the last four seasons of the iconic series. After a chance encounter with a veteran LAPD detective named Stephanie Lazarus, Matt’s focus turned to journalism.

Matt’s true crime account “The Lazarus File,” in the June 2011 issue of The Atlantic magazine, was cited by Longform.org on its list of the Best Crime Writing of 2011. His most recent piece of magazine journalism, a history of the LAPD’s Cold Case Homicide Unit, was the cover story of the November-December 2011 issue of Miller-McCune magazine. Both articles were recognized at the 2012 Los Angeles Press Club Awards. “The Lazarus File” was named best magazine article of 2011 in two categories: News Investigative and Feature Writing.

Matt’s forthcoming non-fiction book about the Stephanie Lazarus cold case will be published by Times Books / Henry Holt.

Matt lives in Los Angeles with his wife and twin sons.