Former Washington Post reporter, Peter Earley is best-known for his nonfiction book, CRAZY: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.
His book chronicles his struggle to help his adult son after he develops a severe mental illness and is arrested. His book has won awards from the American Psychiatric Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health America, and prompted CNN to name him one of nation’s top “Mental Wellness Warriors.”
He serves as the parent member of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Committee (ISMICC) created by Congress to advise it on federal mental health policy and was invited by President Obama to speak at a White House summit about his son’s illness and recovery.
Earley has appeared five times before the U.S. Congress to testify about the need for mental health reform, has spoken in 49 states and addressed legislators in six foreign countries. He serves on the board of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, which finances projects to eliminate homelessness. In a Washingtonian Magazine cover story entitled, Top Journalists: Washington's Media Elite, Pete was described as one of a handful of journalists in America who "have the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency." He is the author of 21 books, including five New York Times bestsellers.