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 writing, bureau chief and editor 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 front-page 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 outspoken Al Qaeda leader. Others involved stories recognizable by single names or phrases: Louima; Diallo; Gotti; Madoff; Preppy Murder, Mob Cops, 9/11, 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 New York Police Department; 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 from 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 as a columnist with DNAinfo New York, scoring top honors from The New York Press Club, the distinguished Society of Silurians and the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Coney Island & Brighton Beach »

April 24, 2014

New Rules Mean Less Pension Money for Officer Who Survived Arson Fire

Officer Rosa Rodriguez is the first officer affected by a 2009 change to NYPD and FDNY pensions.

Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick »

April 23, 2014

Cartier Heist Ringleader Nabbed in Brooklyn, Feds Say

Sean "Luca Brasi" Robinson was caught at his Williamsburg home in the $700,000 Cartier store heist.

The Rockaways »

April 23, 2014

Department of Investigation, DA Eyeing Response to Fatal Far Rockaway Fire

Ambulances did not arrive until more than 20 minutes after the fire was first reported. 

The Rockaways »

April 21, 2014

Officials Probe 8-Minute Delay in Response to Fire that Killed Siblings

Jai'Launi  Tinglin  and  Aniya  Tinglin were killed in the Far Rockaway fire just before Easter Sunday.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

April 21, 2014

Kids Being Questioned After Mugging Spree in Central Park, Sources Say

Boys as young as 12 were being questioned about the Central Park robberies Monday morning, sources said.

Woodlawn & Wakefield »

April 18, 2014

Man's Claim He Fell Into Sinkhole Playing Football is Under Investigation

A man ended up in a large sinkhole on 234th Street. How he got there is being questioned.

Ditmas Park & Flatbush »

April 15, 2014

13-Year-Old Bystander Shot in Head Outside Flatbush Pizza Shop, Police Say

A boy was wounded in a shooting in front of a Flatbush Avenue pizza shop, police say.

Harlem »

April 11, 2014

Lawmen Recall Rev. Al Sharpton's Cooperation With FBI

Former officials remember an uproarious Rev. Al when he wore an FBI wire on the mob.