Growing up as an average student
with a penchant for reading, Miles Corwin’s road to success is a self-made one. Not having the grades to get into a
private college, but armed with a desire to achieve, Corwin made his way through community college and in the process, fell
in love with writing.
Now over twenty years later,
Corwin is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist that prides himself in shedding light on events and people in
the world that most would never pay attention to.
Known for his great reporting
ability, Corwin received unprecedented access into both the LAPD and the department’s elite detective unit for two of
his three books, “Killing Season,” his first book, which went on to become a national best-seller and his third
book, “Homicide Special.”
Despite the success of both
books, the one that arguably stands out the most in Corwin’s career is his second book, “And They Still Rise:
The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-City Students.” Believing
it was the right time to switch his focus from crime in South Central LA to something more positive, Corwin dissected the
road traveled by 12 young gifted students in South Central that never saw the light of day in the crime-obsessed media.
Hence, “And They Still
Rise: The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-City Students,” was born.
“I had been covering crime
for many years for the LA Times and I had written a book on crime in South Central LA,” said Corwin, via telephone in
“I just realized I was spending so much time writing on such a small segment of the people in South Central, the people
who were getting into trouble and were causing problems and I was ignoring the other side, all those other kids that were
good students, trying to do something positive. I wanted to write about the other side because while the people that were
committing the crime were really the minority of the population, they were getting the majority of the publicity.”
Continuing his trend of getting
unprecedented access to his sources, Corwin followed a group of students from Crenshaw
High School in Los Angeles for ten
months in 1997, chronicling everything from their first day of school to their graduation.