Bill Dedman

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Bill Dedman
Born (1960-10-14) October 14, 1960 (age 54)
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Residence Connecticut
Alma mater
  • Journalist, author
Employer Newsday
  • Michael V. Carlisle
  • InkWell Management
  • 521 Fifth Avenue, 26th Floor
  • New York, NY 10175
Empty Mansions, by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. | Official Website

Bill Dedman (born 1960) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, an investigative reporter, and co-author of the No. 1 bestselling book Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.[3]

In 1989, Dedman received the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for The Color of Money, a series of articles in Bill Kovach's Atlanta Journal-Constitution on racial discrimination by banks and other mortgage lenders in middle-income black neighborhoods.

While working for NBC News as an investigative reporter, Dedman uncovered the case of the reclusive copper heiress Huguette Clark in 2010, documenting her life in a series of reports on and The Today Show.[4] Dedman and Clark's cousin, Paul Clark Newell, Jr., co-wrote the nonfiction book "Empty Mansions" about Clark and her father, the Gilded Age industrialist William A. Clark. Published September 10, 2013, by Ballantine Books, Empty Mansions debuted at No. 4 on The New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover nonfiction, and was the No. 1 bestselling nonfiction e-book in America.[5][6][7] Hollywood writer-director Ryan Murphy has optioned Empty Mansions for a feature film.[8]

From 2006 to 2014 he was an investigative reporter for NBC News and, formerly known as, uncovering stories including firefighter deaths from faulty equipment, hidden visitor logs at the Obama White House, and the coercive interrogations at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

In September 2014, he joined Newsday, the daily newspaper on Long Island, N.Y., as a senior writer, doing investigative reports for Newsday and its sister cable television television channel, News 12 Long Island.[9]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dedman grew up in neighboring Red Bank, Tennessee. He graduated from the Baylor School in Chattanooga, and attended Washington University in St. Louis.

He started in journalism at age 16 as a copy boy at The Chattanooga Times. He was a newspaper reporter for the The Daily Star-Journal in Warrensburg, Missouri; newspapers in Chattanooga and Knoxville; and for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. He was the first director of computer-assisted reporting for The Associated Press, and has written for The New York Times.

Dedman has taught advanced reporting as an adjunct lecturer at Boston University, Northwestern University and the University of Maryland, and has taught seminars for many news organizations and associations. He served for six years on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He also created Power Reporting, a web site of databases to assist journalists in research.


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