Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
|Education||Baylor School, Chattanooga|
Bill Dedman (born 1960) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, an investigative reporter for Newsday, and co-author of the biography of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark, Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.
Often relying on public records as much as insider accounts, Dedman has reported and written influential investigative articles on racial discrimination by mortgage lenders, racial profiling by police, interrogation of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, and efforts to understand and prevent school shootings. His work includes one of the early examinations, in 1990, of the cover-up by the Roman Catholic Church of allegations of child sexual abuse by a priest.
In 1989, Dedman received the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for The Color of Money, his series of articles in 1988 in Bill Kovach's The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on racial discrimination by banks and other mortgage lenders in middle-income black neighborhoods. In addition to raising awareness of redlining of minority areas, and leading Congress to expand disclosure of data allowing analysis of racial patterns in mortgage data, The Color of Money was an influential early example of computer-assisted reporting, data journalism, and data-driven journalism.
Life and career
He graduated from the Baylor School in Chattanooga. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, writing for the student newspaper Student Life and editing part-time for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but dropped out of college to work as the reporter at The Daily Star-Journal in Warrensburg, Missouri.
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. He has covered news and sports part-time for The New York Times, including the home run record chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in 1998 and 1999.
From 2006 to 2014, Dedman was an investigative reporter for NBC News and NBCNews.com, formerly known as msnbc.com, uncovering stories including firefighter deaths from faulty equipment, fraud in Pentagon efforts to identify war dead, widespread failures to inspect highway bridges, efforts by U.S. officials to hide the risk of earthquake damage to nuclear power plants, hidden visitor logs at the Obama White House, suppression of Hillary Rodham Clinton's college thesis at the request of the Clinton White House, and journalists making campaign contributions.
In September 2014, he joined Newsday, the daily newspaper on Long Island, N.Y., as a senior writer, reporting investigative stories in print, online, and on television for Newsday and its sister cable television channel, News 12 Long Island.
Dedman's investigative reporting is analyzed at length in two books: Custodians of Conscience, which examines the techniques and moral implications of investigative reporting, and the textbook The Ethical Journalist: Making Responsible Decisions in the Digital Age..
In addition to serious investigative reporting, Dedman has done quirky stories, including his account in The Washington Post of discovering the 1989 DC Prostitute Expulsion, when police officers attempted to force sex workers to march down 14th Street, past the Washington Monument and across the 14th Street Bridge toward Virginia.
Dedman has received the Investigative Reporters and Editors award, the Worth Bingham Prize for national investigative reporting, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award grand prize, awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for investigative reporting and creative use of online media, the Society of Professional Journalists national award for online investigative reporting, and others.
Empty Mansions and Huguette Clark
While working for NBC News as an investigative reporter, Dedman uncovered the case of the reclusive copper heiress Huguette Clark. He documented her life in a series of reports on NBCNews.com and The Today Show in 2010-2012. Dedman reported the Clark mystery first in an online slideshow, a series of 47 photos with 2,788 accompanying words in captions. The slideshow attracted more than 75 million page views, more than any story in the website's history.
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. Empty Mansions has been published in translation in China, Brazil, and Italy, and in English in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Commonwealth countries.
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- "Can the '20th hijacker' of Sept. 11 stand trial?" (PDF). nbcnews.com. October 24, 2006.
- Dedman, Bill; Stepp, Laura Sessions (April 29, 1990). "YEARS OF DEFIANCE ROOTS OF STALLINGS'S REBELLION" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
- Stepp, Laura Sessions; Dedman, Bill (April 30, 1990). "CONCERNS ABOUT STALLINGS'S LIFESTYLE FUELED CONFLICT" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
- Dedman, Bill; Stepp, Laura Sessions (May 1, 1990). "STALLINGS BUILDS A BLACK CHURCH FAR FROM ROME" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
- Dedman, Bill (September 7, 1998). "BASEBALL; Fan Snaring No. 62 Faces Big Tax Bite" – via NYTimes.com.
- "Flaws in firefighters' last line of defense" (PDF). nbcnews.com. February 5, 2007.
- Investigations. "Pentagon unit held 'phony' ceremonies for MIAs, using planes that can't fly". nbcnews.com.
- "Late inspections of bridges put travelers at risk" (PDF). nbcnews.com. January 30, 2008.
- "Feds let states delay inspections of bad bridges" (PDF). nbcnews.com. January 31, 2008.
- "U.S. Nuclear Agency Hid Concerns, Hailed Safety Record as Fukushima Melted". nbcnews.com.
- "Obama blocks list of visitors to White House". nbcnews.com. June 16, 2009.
- "Reading Hillary Rodham's Hidden Thesis: Clinton White House asked Wellesley to close off access" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-06-16.
- "How the Clintons wrapped up Hillary's thesis: 'A stupid political decision,' says her former Wellesley pol-sci professor" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-06-16.
- "Journalists dole out cash to politicians (quietly)" (PDF). nbcnews.com. June 21, 2007.
- "Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bill Dedman to join Newsday — Empty Mansions, the No. 1 bestselling biography of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark and her family". Emptymansionsbook.com. 2014-09-16. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
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- Foreman, Gene (September 13, 2011). "The Ethical Journalist: Making Responsible Decisions in the Pursuit of News". John Wiley & Sons – via Google Books.
- Dedman, Bill; Goldberg, Jeffrey (July 26, 1989). "MARCH CLEARS OUT PROSTITUTION ZONE" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
- "Huguette Clark". NBC News. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
- "Msnbc.com Uses Slide Show for In-Depth Narrative Story". Poynter.
- 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.
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- "Covers released for Chinese edition of Empty Mansions". emptymansionsbook.com.
- Anita Busch. "Ryan Murphy Options Movie Rights To Bestseller 'Empty Mansions' - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved September 3, 2015.