William Bastone (born July 24, 1961) is editor and co-founder of The Smoking Gun website. In 1997, Bastone and his wife, who is a graphic designer, created Smoking Gun in 1997. In 1984, Bastone worked as an investigative journalist for The Village Voice. He started at The Village Voice as only an intern, then worked his way up to being a contributing writer, then ended as a staff writer and investigative journalist. As an investigative journalist, he was responsible for covering City Hall, criminal justice issues, and writing about five of New York's most famous mafia families. The SmokingGun.com was then bought by Court TV in 2000, enabling Bastone to quit his job with The Village Voice. He also co-wrote a book titled The Smoking Gun: A Dossier of Secret, Surprising, and Salacious Documents.