Murray Weiss

Columnist / Criminal Justice Editor @weiss_murray mweiss@dnainfo.com

Murray Weiss is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, columnist and editor, and is considered an expert on government, law enforcement, criminal justice, organized crime and terrorism.

Murray has held a number of prominent positions at two of the country's largest newspapers, the New York Post and the New York Daily News, and exposed the secrets of murderers, mob bosses and terrorists to coining the expression "Rough Sex." Under former Post editor Pete Hamill, Weiss served for nearly a year as metropolitan editor during one of the paper's most difficult, and colorful, periods.

He has written scores of exclusive articles — among them the national disclosures that a rogue NBA referee was on a Mafia payroll and the link between a Ft. Hood Army psychiatrist and an Al Qaeda leader. Others involved stories recognizable by single names or phrases: Louima; Diallo; Gotti; Madoff; Preppy Murder, Mob Cops, Kennedy Rape, Sean Bell, Central Park Jogger; Crown Heights Riot; NYPD Ticket Fixing; Stop-and-Frisk, and Millionaire Madam.

His award-winning investigations include exposés on corruption in city government, drug abuse within the NYPD; breakdowns in the Fire Department that cost the lives of two firemen and systemic abuses in the New York military. Several articles resulted in governmental and legislative changes, the dismissals of top officials and the criminal convictions of wrongdoers.

For more than two decades, Murray also served as Criminal Justice Editor at the New York Post, overseeing a bureau of reporters working inside NYPD Headquarters.

Before joining the Post in 1986 as a reporter and Associate Editor, he already was an award-winning journalist at the New York Daily News, where he served as the newspaper's Police Headquarters Bureau Chief and later as Chief Investigative Reporter assigned to New York's City Hall during a period known as "The Great Municipal Corruption Scandals.

One of his books, "The Man Who Warned America," (Harper Collins, 2003),  was a ground-breaking 9/11 tome on the FBI National Security counterterrorism leader who chased Osama bin Laden around the world, but died in the attack on the World Trade Center. The book reached the New York Times best-sellers list.

He's also been a television and radio commentator and analyst with appearances on the "Today Show," "Larry King Live," "Imus," “Dateline;” “CBS 40 Hours” and "The Brian Lehrer Show," among others.

And Murray has continued his award-winning reporting at DNAinfo New York, scoring top honors from The New York Press Club, the Society of Silurians and the Society of Professional Journalists.

FUN FACT: Murray spent six weeks on tour with "The Who" traveling North America in their private plane with an all-access pass.

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

February 26, 2015

New NYPD Outreach Effort Has Officers Speaking at Houses of Worship

An initiative from police headquarters encouraged outreach in local churches, a police chief said.

Harlem »

February 26, 2015

Victim Pointed Out Wrong Person in Harlem 'Hate Crime' Beating, Sources Say

The victim saw Michelle Berrio, 43, walking down the sidewalk and pointed her out to police.

Downtown »

February 26, 2015

Hack Attack That Hit City Emails May Have Come from Russia: Sources

The hack may have been worse than first thought, sources said.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

February 25, 2015

3 Brooklyn Men Arrested For Plot to Join ISIS, Bomb Coney Island, Feds Say

One of the men said he was willing to bomb Coney Island and kill President Obama, sources said. 

Midtown & Theater District »

February 25, 2015

'Black Box' in Bob Simon's Cab Was Not Working During Fatal Crash: Sources

Even the manufacturer was unable to help retrieve data from the black box for the NYPD.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

February 25, 2015

Cherry Factory Owner Kills Self During Probe That Uncovered Huge Pot Stash

Arthur Mondella, 57, shot himself Tuesday afternoon as investigators probed his Red Hook factory.

Bay Ridge & Bensonhurst »

February 24, 2015

2 Officers Injured During Interstate Chase From NJ to Brooklyn: Officials

Two Port Authority officers were injured helping U.S. Marshals chase two suspects across Staten Island.

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

February 24, 2015

3 Boxes of Newly Discovered Evidence Could Derail Etan Patz Murder Trial

Defense lawyers said they may call for a mistrial because of the thousands of pages of evidence.