Melville, NY, September 15, 2014 – Newsday announced today that Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Bill Dedman will join the publication this month. Dedman arrives at Newsday after eight years with NBCNews.com, where his stories appeared on both the website and NBC television.
Dedman received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for “The Color of Money,” a series of articles in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on racial discrimination by mortgage lenders in middle-income neighborhoods. In 2008, his reporting on firefighter deaths was recognized with a national award by the Society of Professional Journalists. Dedman also received a 2011 Best in Business award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for his work on reclusive heiress Huguette Clark and her family, which became one of NBCNews.com’s most popular features. Dedman co-wrote “Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune,” which hit No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list and was named a best book of 2013 by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads, among others.
"I'm thrilled to be joining the talented and dedicated team of journalists at Newsday. Newsday is one of the few news organizations to put more resources behind world-class investigative reporting, news coverage you can trust, and telling great stories. This newsroom has big ambitions and a passion for journalism that matters," Dedman said.
“Bill is an engaging writer whose skills as a journalist for print, online and video will help us continue to build on the strong enterprise work we’re doing at Newsday,” said Deborah Henley, Editor of Newsday.
While at NBCNews.com, Dedman disclosed flaws in the Pentagon’s efforts to identify servicemen and women lost in past wars; fatal problems with firefighter safety equipment; uninspected highway bridges; coercive interrogation of detainees at Guantanamo; and strategies for discouraging school shootings.
Dedman’s journalism career began at the age of 16 as a copy boy at The Chattanooga Times. He then went on to report for The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Boston Globe, and was the first director of computer-assisted reporting for the Associated Press. He has taught advanced reporting at the University of Maryland, Northwestern University and Boston University. He served for six years as a member of the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a nonprofit educational association.
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