October 14, 1960 |
|Spouse(s)||Pam Belluck (journalist, author)|
|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 for NBC News, 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."
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 copper heiress Huguette Clark in 2010, documenting her life in a series of reports on NBCNews.com and The Today Show. 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.
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.
- Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. 1998. Retrieved 2014-01-19.
- Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune. New York City: Ballantine Books. 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-19.
- Website for Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
- NBCNews.com profile of Dedman
- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart video of interview with Dedman on Empty Mansions, September 10, 2013
- Authorlink interview with Dedman on Empty Mansions, December 31, 2013
- Reuters interview with Dedman on Empty Mansions, September 12, 2013
- TV Santa Barbara video of interview with Dedman on Empty Mansions, January 4, 2014
- NBC News Investigations
- 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, series beginning 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.