Dave Lindorff

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Dave Lindorff
Dave Lindorff
Dave Lindorff
Born1949 (age 69–70)
United States
OccupationWriter, journalist, author

Dave Lindorff is an American investigative reporter, a columnist for CounterPunch, and a contributor to Businessweek, The Nation, Extra! and Salon.com. His work was highlighted by Project Censored 2004,[1] 2011[2] and 2012.[3]

Born in 1949, Lindorff lives just outside Philadelphia.


Lindorff graduated from Wesleyan University in 1972 with a BA in Chinese language. He then received an MS in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1975. A two-time Fulbright Scholar (Shanghai, 1991-2 and Taiwan, 2004), he was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University in 1978-79.

A former bureau chief covering Los Angeles County government for the Los Angeles Daily News, and a reporter-producer for PBS station KCET in Los Angeles, Lindorff was also a founder and editor of the weekly Los Angeles Vanguard newspaper, established in 1976, where he won the Grand Prize of the Los Angeles Press Club for his reporting. Lindorff also worked at the Minneapolis Tribune (now the Star Tribune), the Santa Monica Evening Outlook and the Middletown Press in Connecticut.

Lindorff has also done journalism related to the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.[4][5]

Lindorff is one of two nationally syndicated journalists along with Neil Swidey of the Boston Globe, who has repeatedly criticized “most American colleges and universities” [6] for refusing to provide official/sealed transcripts to former students “late in their payments” or “in default”, thereby ensuring those students cannot transfer to another school in the U.S. until the initial school is satisfied with its debt collection.[7] Lindorff has called the practice “extortive”.[6] Swidey has described it as hostage taking of transcripts and education (the majority of which has often been paid for by the former student).[8]

He is the author of four books, the most recent being The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office, written with attorney Barbara Olshansky of the Center for Constitutional Rights. As well as Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.[5]

Lindorff has been active on journalistic issues and was a founder of the National Writers Union in 1983, serving for many years in leadership positions in that union. He was also active in the Hong Kong Journalists Assn. during his five years in Hong Kong, when he was a correspondent for Businessweek magazine.


  • Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For-Profit Hospital Chains, Bantam, 1992, ISBN 0-553-07552-7
  • Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Penalty Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Common Courage, 2003, ISBN 1-56751-229-1
  • This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy, Common Courage, 2005, ISBN 1-56751-298-4
  • The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office (with Barbara Olshansky), Thomas Dunne, 2006, ISBN 0-312-36016-9


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