Nick Chiles

Nick Chiles has distinguished himself as one of the nation’s foremost chroniclers of Black life, culture, and celebrity over the course of his 36-year career—both as a bestselling author and an award-winning journalist.

He is the author or co-author of 21 books, including four New York Times bestsellers he wrote with iconic pastor, humanitarian, and producer Bishop T.D. Jakes (Disruptive Thinking: A Daring Strategy to Change How He Live, Lead, and Love; Faith Words-Hachette), R&B icon Bobby Brown (Every Little Step, Dey St.-HarperCollins), civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton (The Rejected Stone, Cash Money Content), and gospel legend Kirk Franklin (The Blueprint, Gotham Books-Penguin).

Chiles is the co-author with Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx of the parenting memoir Act Like You Got Some Sense: And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me (Grand Central Publishing) and the co-author with former NBA star Mahmoud Abdul Rauf of the memoir In the Blink of An Eye (Kaepernick Publishing).

He is the co-author with Atlanta attorney Robbin Shipp of Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System (Bolden-Agate Publishing), which was a finalist for a 2015 NAACP Image Award.

Chiles served as a newspaper reporter (mostly covering education), magazine writer, and magazine and website editor-in-chief during more than three decades in journalism, winning nearly 20 major awards—including a 1992 Pulitzer Prize as part of a New York Newsday team.

He currently teaches journalism at the University of Georgia. Chiles has a B.A. from Yale and an MFA from the University of Georgia. He lives in Athens, Georgia, with his wife Sadiqa Chiles. Please visit