Netflix’s ‘Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist’ chronicles the story of a respected senior high school American linebacker, Manti Malietau Louis Te’o, that fell into the traps of an online catfishing account that sent his specialist career as well as personal life in a spiral. Manti Te’o was a rising celebrity, having actually joined the respected institution of Notre Dame on a football scholarship and also meteorically rising to be the following large thing in American football.
Underneath all the glitter as well as glaze was a disturbing twist that was revealed by 2 Deadspin reporters– Jack Dickey as well as Tim Burke. That is Jack Dickey, as well as where is he now?
That is Jack Dickey?
Born and increased in the town of Guilford in Connecticut, Jack Dickey was working as an unpaid personnel writer at Deadspin, making money “in sandwiches as well as a periodic bottle of alcohol” when he received a confidential pointer that declared Manti’s dead partner never ever existed. As a result, Jack determined to check out the problem further. With the help of his coworker Tim Burke, Jack set on to unwind among the fastest spreading Deadspin reports ever. In the record, the duo damaged the tale that Manti’s long-distance partner, Lennay Kekua, whom he met online, was a fancy case of catfish in January 2013.
A 2009 Philips Academy grad, Jack was just an elderly studying English at Columbia University at the time. Simply days after Jack and also Tim became the individuals who broke the hoax scandal, the former mentioned the procedure in an interview with Boston Magazine. Calling the whole investigation process “bizarre,” Jack revealed that the reality that Manti “was somehow connected to this was just fitting. We wound up handing over rocks we never ever expected to turn over.”
Jack better disclosed just how the whole group brought it all with each other.” [Deadspin editor-in-chief] Tommy Craggs and Burke helped me study on Friday afternoon, and then Tim as well as I spent all weekend, and all of Monday as well as the majority of Tuesday, looking into the mystery of this story. [Writers] Dom Cosentino and Tom Ley made a lot of phone calls after that too. Then Craggs and [ handling editor] Tom Scocca modified things on Tuesday evening as well as Wednesday early morning, and afterwards we were essentially prepared to go.”
The record not just brought the catfishing story to the forefront yet likewise entailed 2 NFL gamers– Manti as well as Marques Tuiasosopo, that was a relative of the perpetrator, Ronaiah ‘Naya’ Tuiasosopo. Manti’s online reputation took a success, and he got grabbed in the NFL 2nd draft just, costing him “not just his dignity in some millions but means and also countless dollars,” as specified by Sports broadcaster Alex Flanagan.
Where is Jack Dickey Now?
In July 2013, virtually six months since the tale he worked upon made nationwide headlines, Jack Dickey left Deadspin after working there given that January 2011. While there, Jack created function profiles on Former United States Representative Jason Chaffetz, statistician Nate Silver, tv personality and cook Alton Brown, and President and also CEO of Warner Bros.
At just 24, Jack got the possibility to compose a cover story on Taylor Swift in 2014. Talking about Jack’s determination at New York Daily News Innovation Lab’s ‘Conversation Series,’ Edward Felsenthal, now Editor-in-Chief and CEO at TIME, said, “First week he strolled in with the concept, and also stated he rejected to write it until he had accessibility to Taylor Swift. With the willpower of somebody of even more experience than he actually has, he got to her and broke information in his cover story and also composed lovely 2,000 word piece.”
After over 3 years at Time Magazine, Jack relocated as well as left the job on to work as a full-time Staff Writer at Sports Illustrated. He showed up in ‘The Best American Sportswriting’ in 2014 and also was granted the Nellie Bly Cub Reporter in 2015 by the New York Press Club. He is a member of The NewsGuild of New York and Communications Workers of America. Remarkably, Jack came to be a two-time Jeopardy! Champ in 2018, heading residence with a check of almost $50,000. Jack is a longtime-Mets follower and also typically expresses his discontentment when his favored baseball team doesn’t yield appealing outcomes.
When asked what he would certainly be if not a reporter, Jack informed New York Guilds, “I would certainly be basic manager of the Mets. Or a federal prosecutor. And I would certainly bring costs against the Mets for all the injury they’ve caused.” When he is not reporting, Jack likes to prepare, watch sporting activities and review. When sharing his point of views on pop culture, politics, as well as every little thing in between, he is also rather energetic on social media as well as does not mince words. Presently, Jack survives the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, where he works as an editor as well as author covering culture, media, sporting activities, and also national politics.