Clara Bingham

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Clara Bingham
OccupationJournalist, author, producer
Years active1985-present
Spouse(s)David Michaelis (1993-2007), Joseph Finnerty (2014-present)

Clara Bingham (born 1963) is an American author, journalist, and documentary film producer.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Bingham was born in 1963[2] into a newspaper family[3][4][5] in Louisville, Kentucky. She moved to New York City in 1968. She completed high school at the Madeira School in 1981,[6] and graduated from Harvard University in 1985 with a degree in History and Literature.[7] At Harvard, she served as co-news editor of the Harvard Independent.[8]


As a Washington, D.C. correspondent for Newsweek magazine from 1989 to 1993, Bingham covered the George H. W. Bush administration leading up to and during the 1992 presidential election. Her writing has appeared widely in publications including, most recently, Vanity Fair,[9] Lit Hub,[10] The Huffington Post,[11][12] The Guardian,[13] The Washington Spectator,[14] The Daily Beast,[15] and many others. She also worked as a stringer for United Press International in Papua New Guinea,[16] and as a press secretary for the 1988 presidential campaign of Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis.[16][3]

Bingham wrote an exposé about the Air Force Academy rape scandal for Vanity Fair in 2003,[17] which earned her the 2004 Exceptional Merit in Media Award (EMMA) given by the National Women's Political Caucus.[18] The article was anthologized in the 2004 edition of Best American Crime Writing.[19] In January 2016, Investigation Discovery's Vanity Fair Confidential series featured Bingham in its one-hour program about the rape scandal.[20]

While reporting a story in West Virginia, Bingham, a Kentucky native, witnessed the destructive effects of mountaintop removal coal mining for the first time.[21] Afterwards, she spent several years producing The Last Mountain (directed by Bill Haney), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011,[22] screened in theaters in over 60 American cities, and won the International Documentary Association's Pare Lorentz Award.[23][24]

Bingham is currently working on a book about the second wave feminist movement with the working title F is for Feminism: An American History. Bingham's most recent book, Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul (2016),[25][26][27] was named one of the best books of 2016 by the St. Louis Post Dispatch,[28] and one of the 40 best books of 2016 by the New York Post.[29] Bingham is featured in the six-episode ABC series 1969.[30] Her second book, Class Action: The Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law (co-written with Laura Leedy Gansler 1999)[31] which was adapted into the 2005 feature film North Country. Class Action was a 2002 Los Angeles Times best book of the year[32] and won the AAUW Speaking Out For Justice Award in 2007.[33] Bingham's first book was Women on the Hill: Challenging the Culture of Congress (1996).[34]

Personal life[edit]

Bingham lives in New York City and has three children[35] with her ex-husband, biographer David Michaelis.[36] In April 2014, she married Joseph Finnerty, a lawyer, who has three children of his own.[37]



True events
  • Women on the Hill: Challenging the Culture of Congress (1996)
  • Class Action: The Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law (1999), co-written with Laura Leedy Gansler
  • Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul (2016)


  1. ^ "Clara Bingham". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  2. ^ Kate Tuttle, Clara Bingham on "Witness to the Revolution", Boston Globe (June 17, 2016).
  3. ^ a b Susan Tifft & Alex S. Jones (1991). The Patriarch: The Rise and Fall of the Bingham Dynasty. Summit Books. pp. 506–07.
  4. ^ Wines, Michael (1986-01-19). "The Binghams of Louisville : Family Tragedy and Feuds Bring Down Media Empire". Los Angeles Times (in American English). ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  5. ^ Jr, Ralph Gardner. "Requiem for a Writer". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-04-14.
  6. ^ Bingham '81 returns to Madeira Retrieved September 3, 2018
  7. ^ Office, Harvard News. "History and Literature Program celebrates 100 years". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  8. ^ "Final Clubs TBT: 'Clubs Debate Women, Alcohol' | The Harvard Independent". The Harvard Independent (in American English). 2015-10-08. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  9. ^ Magazine, Vanity Fair. "Clara Bingham". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  10. ^ "Peter Coyote: Voice of the Vietnam Generation | Literary Hub". (in American English). Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  11. ^ Bingham, Clara (2017-04-14). "No Regrets Fifty Years After The Resistance". Huffington Post (in American English). Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  12. ^ Bingham, Clara (2016-05-23). "Anger Redux". Huffington Post (in American English). Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  13. ^ Bingham, Clara (2017-02-12). "Hell No review: celebration of Vietnam protests can inform resistance to Trump". The Guardian (in British English). ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  14. ^ "Is Trump Our New Vietnam? | Washington Spectator". Washington Spectator (in American English). 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  15. ^ "Clara Bingham". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  16. ^ a b About Clara Bingham, (last accessed April 21, 2017).
  17. ^ Bingham, Clara. "Code of Dishonor". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  18. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Project Vote Smart (in American English). Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  19. ^ Penzler, Otto; Cook, Thomas H. (2004). The Best American Crime Writing: The Year's Best True Crime Reporting (2004 ed.). New York: Vintage. ISBN 9780375713026.
  20. ^ "Investigation Discovery's New Season of Vanity Fair Confidential Digs Deep into the Magazine's Most Thrilling True Crime Stories". Discovery Communications, Inc. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  21. ^ "Under Mined" by Clara Bingham, Washington Monthly (January 2005).
  22. ^ "The Last Mountain Movie". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  23. ^ "2011 Pare Lorentz Award Winner: 'The Last Mountain'". International Documentary Association. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  24. ^ Shnayerson, Michael. "Hall of Fame: The Last Mountain". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  25. ^ "Witness to the Revolution by Clara Bingham |". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  26. ^ Wiener, Jon (2016-06-08). "'Witness to the Revolution,' by Clara Bingham". The New York Times (in American English). ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  27. ^ Burrough, Bryan (2016-06-10). "On the Eve of Destruction". Wall Street Journal (in American English). ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  28. ^ Nguyen, Jane Henderson, Andrew. "The best books of 2016". Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  29. ^ "The 40 best books of 2016 you must read immediately". New York Post (in American English). 2017-01-01. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  30. ^ "Watch 1969 TV Show -". ABC. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  31. ^ Bingham, Clara; Gansler, Laura Leedy (2003-10-14). Class Action: The Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law (Reprint ed.). New York: Anchor. ISBN 9780385496131.
  32. ^ "Nonfiction". Los Angeles Times (in American English). 2002-12-08. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  33. ^ Holly Kearl (August 20, 2008). "Inspired by Class Action". AAUW Dialog.
  34. ^ TUMULTY, KAREN (1997-01-12). "Human, All Too Human : WOMEN ON THE HILL. By Clara Bingham . Times Books: 208 pp., $21". Los Angeles Times (in American English). ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  35. ^ "MANH April 2015 Page 66". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  36. ^ "WEDDINGS; Clara Bingham, David Michaelis". The New York Times. 1993-06-27. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  37. ^ Laskey, Margaux (2014-04-27). "A Conversation Began and Never Stopped". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-04.

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