Ron Burgundy, the esteemed broadcast journalist, has reached agreement with Crown Archetype, an imprint of Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, to write his memoir. LET ME OFF AT THE TOP!: My Classy Life and Other Musings will be published simultaneously in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia in print and digital formats on November 19, 2013.
Ron Burgundy is known to all as the lead anchorman of San Diego’s award-winning Action 4 News Team and anchor of the first 24-hour news channel, GNN (Global News Network), but few know the real man behind the news desk. In LET ME OFF AT THE TOP! he will share never-before-told stories of his childhood and the events that led him to choose a career in the news business. He will offer a rare glimpse behind the camera into the real life of a man many consider to be our greatest living news anchor. In his own words, he will share personal anecdotes about the women in his life, about his dog, Baxter, and his legendary news team. Along the way, he’ll also give sage advice on a variety of topics that matter most to him. The long wait is over. Ron Burgundy pulls no punches in this widely anticipated, fully authorized tell-all autobiography.
Mauro DiPreta, Vice President, Editor in Chief at Crown Archetype, acquired the book from Creative Artists Agency and will edit. Jack Fogg, Editorial Director at Century, an imprint of the Random House Group, will publish the book in the U.K. and Australia.
“I don’t know if it’s the greatest autobiography ever written. I’m too close to the work,” Burgundy said, adding, “I will tell you this much: the first time I sat down and read this thing . . . I cried like a goddamn baby, and you can take that to the bank!”
“The list of legendary American broadcast news journalists is short: Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and, of course, Ron Burgundy,” says DiPreta. “The printed page will allow Ron to tell his story in a much more intimate way. LET ME OFF AT THE TOP! will be a classic for years to come.”
Burgundy has had a huge, cultural impact in the U.K. and Australia as well. Said Fogg, “Burgundy’s influence on news reading is evident in the work of such legends as Richard Baker, Moira Stuart, Brian Henderson, and the early years of Jeremy Paxman. LET ME OFF AT THE TOP! will put an end to the many rumors and debates surrounding Ron and reveal the inner workings of a legendary broadcaster. His international fans will have themselves a book for the ages.”
Ron Burgundy is a trailblazer and an icon in television journalism. He and the Action 4 News Team will be honored at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum with an installation of mementos and keepsakes of their time and impact in San Diego that will begin in December. On December 20, he will star as himself in Paramount Pictures’ Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.