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David Neiwert is a Seattle-based freelance journalist and blogger. He received the National Press Club Award for Distinguished Online Journalism in 2000 for a domestic terrorism series he produced for MSNBC.com.
Neiwert was raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and attended the University of Idaho, where he obtained his B.A. in English (1984), as well as the University of Montana (1987–88), where he studied creative writing. He worked at newspapers around the Pacific Northwest from 1978–1996, notably in Idaho (at Sandpoint, Blackfoot, Lewiston, Moscow, and Twin Falls); Montana (Missoula); and in western Washington (Kent, Bellevue, and Seattle). He went to work at MSNBC.com in 1996 as a writer-producer, and continued there through late 2000. Since then, he has focused on writing books and producing his blog Orcinus, which tends to report on the crossover between the mainstream and the far right. The blog won early recognition in the liberal blogosphere in the form of consecutive Koufax Awards for Best Series in 2003 and 2004.
The Northwest Progressive Institute named its annual awards to the region's best liberal bloggers after Neiwert. He edited the political blog Crooks And Liars from 2008-2012. He is currently a contributing writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center's blog, Hatewatch. His book, And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border, won the 2014 International Latino Book Award for general nonfiction.
- Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us, 2015 (ISBN 978-1468308655)
- And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border, 2013 (ISBN 978-1568587257)
- The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right, 2009 (ISBN 978-0981576985)
- Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community, 2005 (ISBN 978-1403967923)
- Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America, 2004 (ISBN 978-1403969002)
- In God's Country: The Patriot Movement and the Pacific Northwest, 1999 (ISBN 978-0874221756)
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