October 14, 1960 |
Chattanooga, Tennessee, united States
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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.
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 NBCNews.com, formerly known as msnbc.com, 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.
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 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. Hollywood writer-director Ryan Murphy has optioned Empty Mansions for a feature film.
Teaching and volunteer work
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.
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
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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- 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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- "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.
- "Huguette Clark". NBC News. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
- Investigations (September 3, 2015). "Huguette Clark book coming from Random House". NBC News. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
- "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune: Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell Jr.: 9780345534521: Amazon.com: Books". Retrieved September 3, 2015.
- Anita Busch. "Ryan Murphy Options Movie Rights To Bestseller ‘Empty Mansions’ - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
- 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.
- Dedman speech to journalism school at Arizona State University, September 22, 2014.
- 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.
- The Color of Money, Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 1–5, 1988.
- "PA yanks knives from JFK eateries inside security checkpoint", Newsday, print version, November 25, 2014.
- "Steakhouse knives pose security risk at JFK", News 12 Networks, television version, November 25, 2014.
- "Why taxpayers will bail out the rich when the next storm hits", NBCNews.com, first of a series, February 18, 2014.
- "Pentagon unit held 'phony' ceremonies for MIAs, using planes that can't fly", NBCNews.com, October 10, 2013.
- "The Clarks: an American story of wealth, scandal and mystery", NBCNews.com, series beginning February 26, 2010.
- "Late inspections of bridges put travelers at risk", NBCNews.com, first of a series, 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.
- "Flaws found in firefighters' last line of defense", NBCNews.com, first of a series, February 5, 2007.
- "Gitmo interrogations spark battle over tactics", NBCNews.com, first of a series, October 23, 2006.
- "Can the '20th hijacker' of Sept. 11 stand trial?", NBCNews.com, second of a series, October 24, 2006.
- "Deadly Delays": 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.
- Fan Snaring No. 62 Faces Big Tax Bite, The New York Times, September 7, 1998.
- March Clears Out Prostitution Zone; D.C. Police Criticized After Ordering Women to Walk to Va. Line, The Washington Post, July 26, 1989.