Bill Dedman (born 1960) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, an investigative reporter for NBC News, and co-author of the bestselling book "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune."
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 mortgage lenders in middle-income black neighborhoods.
Dedman uncovered the case of the reclusive heiress Huguette Clark in a series of reports on NBCNews.com and The Today Show. He is the co-author of a nonfiction book about the Clark family, "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune," published September 10, 2013, by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House. "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.
Life and career
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.
In 2006 he joined NBC News, where he has written on NBCNews.com, formerly known as msnbc.com, about topics including firefighter deaths from faulty equipment, hidden visitor logs at the Obama White House, and the coercive interrogations at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
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.
- The Color of Money, Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 1–5, 1988.
- "The Clarks: an American story of wealth, scandal and mystery", NBCNews.com, February 26, 2010
- "Pentagon unit held 'phony' ceremonies for MIAs, using planes that can't fly", [NBCNews.com]], October 10, 2013
- "New anti-terror weapon: Hand-held lie detector", NBCNews.com, April 9, 2008
- "Late inspections of bridges put travelers at risk", NBCNews.com, January 30, 2008
- "Reading Hillary Rodham's hidden thesis", NBCNews.com, March 2, 2007
- "Journalists dole out cash to politicians (quietly)", NBCNews.com, June 21, 2007
- "Gitmo interrogations spark battle over tactics", NBCNews.com, October 23, 2006
- "Can the '20th hijacker' of Sept. 11 stand trial?", NBCNews.com, October 24, 2006
- "Flaws found in firefighters' last line of defense", NBCNews.com, February 5, 2007
- "CDC's fire investigation unit: the 'No Go Team'", NBCNews.com, February 6, 2007
- Fire Response series, on firefighters taking longer to get to fires, Boston Globe, 2005.
- Speed Trap: Who gets a ticket, who gets a break?, series on racial profiling by police, Boston Globe, 2003-2004.
- Deadly Lessons: School shooters tell why, PDF file, series on Secret Service study of school shootings, Chicago Sun-Times, 2000.