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.

Forest Hills, Rego Park & Jamaica »

October 24, 2014

VIDEO: Hatchet-Wielding Man Attacks Police Before Being Gunned Down

A female bystander was struck in the back by a stray bullet, witnesses said.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

October 23, 2014

Missing 95-Year-Old Man Found Dead in Central Park Bushes, Sources Say

A man who went missing from his Yorkville home was found dead in Central Park, sources said.

Coney Island & Brighton Beach »

October 23, 2014

VIDEO: NYPD Officer Kicks Colleague in the Head During Arrest

An undercover officer was stripped of his gun after the incident in a Coney Island subway station.

Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick »

October 20, 2014

3-Year-Old Girl Beaten to Death by Her Stepdad, Police Say

Jeida Torres was killed by her mom's husband, Kelsey Smith, in their Bushwick home, police said.

Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen »

October 17, 2014

Ex-Con Stabbed Community Board Member to Death in Own Home, Prosecutors Say

Jeffrey Wong told investigators that Khemraj Singh "fell on his knife," prosecutors said.

Downtown »

October 14, 2014

First NYPD Officers Start Retraining in Wake of Garner Death This Week

The officers will be in a "test" class for revamped training designed to improve public relations.

Crown Heights & Prospect Heights »

October 10, 2014

Human Remains Found Buried in Crown Heights Backyard, Reports Say

The bones may belong to a murdered man, according to reports.

Maspeth, Middle Village & Ridgewood »

October 9, 2014

Man Dies After Telling Police Who Chased Him 'I Can't Breathe,' Sources Say

Daniel Levitt, 46, told police he couldn't breathe before he collapsed, police said.