Fredric U. Dicker

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Fredric Uberall "Fred" Dicker is a longtime columnist for the New York Post. He is the state editor for New York since 1982,[1] where he has covered the administrations of Hugh Carey, Mario Cuomo, George Pataki, Eliot Spitzer, David Paterson, and Andrew Cuomo.

Prior to 1982, Dicker was a state government reporter for the Albany Times Union, a morning daily newspaper owned by the Hearst Corporation. He broke the story in November, 1976 of Latvian war criminals hiding in the U.S., naming Vilis Hazners, an upstate New York resident, based on official Latvian publications and Hazners' mention by name to Gertrude Schneider on her visit to Latvia.[2] The information provided eventually proved to be a KGB hit list, per the author, Pauls Ducmanis, of Daaugavas Vanagi, Who Are They, and Imants Lešinskis, the KGB operative and "minister" who made the Hazners allegation to Schneider.[3] Dicker subsequently covered the federal deportation trial precipitated against Hazners for the Times Union.[4]

In October 1987, Dicker was physically shoved out of the offices of the New York State Assembly House Operations Committee by Norman Adler, a senior aide to the then Assembly Speaker Mel Miller, creating quite a public stir.[5] A 2005 New York Observer story on Dicker stated that he is a "political institution in his own right" and his reporting "regularly drives news coverage". Dicker broke the Troopergate scandal in July 2007 and engaged in a heated argument with Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino in October 2010, in which Paladino accused Dicker of authorizing a photographer to take pictures of his daughter.[6]

In addition to his newspaper work, Fred Dicker also hosts a talk show on WGDJ in Albany and WVOX in New Rochelle.


  1. ^ Undisputed King of Albany Press is Fred U. Dicker
  2. ^ "War Criminal Faces Deportation !author=Jewish Telegraph Agency". The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Shifting interpretations of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, Prof. Emeritus Dr. Andrew Ezergailis, retrieved 1-January-2015.
  4. ^ "Spitzer's Nemesis". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Post Reporter Is Shoved By Top Aide to Speaker
  6. ^ Freedlander, David (2010-12-06). "The 10 Most Memorable Political Moments of 2010: 3. Carl Paladino vs. Fred Dicker". New York Observer. Retrieved 4 February 2014.