Bill Dedman

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Bill Dedman
Born (1960-10-14) October 14, 1960 (age 55)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, united States
Residence Connecticut
Alma mater
  • Journalist, author
Employer Newsday
  • Michael V. Carlisle
  • InkWell Management
  • 521 Fifth Avenue, 26th Floor
  • New York, NY 10175
Website 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]


Dedman was a copy editor and reporter at newspapers in Chattanooga, then a reporter for the "Knoxville News Sentinel", 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 covered news and sports for The New York Times.

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.

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.[4]

Empty Mansions[edit]

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.[5] 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.[3][6][7] Hollywood writer-director Ryan Murphy has optioned Empty Mansions for a feature film.[8]

Teaching and volunteer work[edit]

Dedman 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.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dedman grew up in neighboring Red Bank, Tennessee. He started in journalism at age 16 as a copy boy at "The Chattanooga Times." He graduated from the Baylor School in Chattanooga, and attended Washington University in St. Louis but dropped out to work as the reporter at "The Daily Star-Journal" in Warrensburg, Missouri.

He is married to journalist and author Pam Belluck.

Awards and honors[edit]

He has received the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors award, the Worth Bingham Prize for national investigative reporting, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award grand prize, Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards for investigative reporting and creative use of online media, Society of Professional Journalists national award for online investigative reporting, and others.


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