David Neiwert

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David Neiwert
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BornIdaho Falls, Idaho, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Idaho,
University of Montana
Notable awardsNational Press Club Award

David Neiwert is an American 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.[1] Neiwert has concentrated in part on extremism in the Northwest.[2]


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.[citation needed]

The Northwest Progressive Institute named its annual awards to the region's best liberal bloggers after Neiwert.[3] He edited the political blog Crooks And Liars from 2008–2012. As of 2018, Neiwert worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center as their Pacific Northwest correspondent.[4] 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.

In January 2019, Neiwert left the SPLC blog Hatewatch to join Daily Kos as a correspondent.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Neiwert was raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho in a population heavy in both Mormonism and the John Birch Society. Neiwert notes that this highly conspiratorial background is "probably part of why I’m immune to conspiracism." His family is Methodist and comes from a German-American background.[5]

Neiwert 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 notes that he contributed to Republican political campaigns during this time.[5]

He has been married since 1989 to Lisa Dowling of Helena, Montana. They live together in Seattle with their daughter.[citation needed]


  • Neiwert, David (2017). Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump. London New York: Verso. ISBN 978-1-78663-423-8.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • 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)[6][7]
  • The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right, 2009 (ISBN 978-0981576985)[8][9][10]
  • Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community, 2005 (ISBN 978-1403967923)[11][12]
  • 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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  1. ^ "Club Selects Winners of This Year's Journalism Awards" (L). The Record. National Press Club. Archived from the original on 17 June 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  2. ^ Tavernise, Sabrina; Benner, Katie; Apuzzo, Matt; Perlroth, Nicole (5 August 2019). "Shootings Renew Debate Over How to Combat Domestic Terrorism". The New York Times.
  3. ^ NPI's David Neiwert Awards Archived 2008-02-08 at the Wayback Machine, 2007-03-01
  4. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (7 February 2018). "How dangerous is Jordan B Peterson, the rightwing professor who 'hit a hornets' nest'?". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Wilson, James (27 January 2019). "'We've dug ourselves a really deep hole': David Neiwert on the rise of the far right". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  6. ^ PerlsteinTwitter, Rick (2013-04-03). "The Minutemen and the Mainstream Media". The Nation. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  7. ^ Patriquin, Martin (2013-05-03). "On out-of-control border patrollers". Macleans.ca. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  8. ^ Ventura, Elbert. "How Hate Groups Went Mainstream". The American Prospect.
  9. ^ Eshleman, Michael O. "Professional Media". Library Journal.
  10. ^ "Nonfiction review". Publishers Weekly.
  11. ^ "New book digs deeply into Seattle area's WWII-era racism". seattlepi.com. 2005-07-08. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  12. ^ Neiwert, David A. (2005-07-08). "Entertainment & the Arts - "Strawberry Days": Uprooting more than lives". Seattle Times Newspaper. Retrieved 2017-11-01.

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