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.

Flushing & Whitestone »

August 29, 2014

Man Tells NYPD He Was Shot by Gambino Relative, Sources Say

A 39-year-old man told police he was shot early Friday by a relative of the crime family, sources said.

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

August 21, 2014

Human Excrement Smeared on Police Cars in Greenwich Village

Officials believe the culprits are either young homeless people or residents upset about parking spaces.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

August 20, 2014

NYPD Takes Fewer Guns Off the Streets as Shootings Rise, Stats Show

The latest data from police show that illegal gun recoveries have reached a new low.

Midtown & Theater District »

August 18, 2014

Model Ataui Deng Found After Going Missing for 2 Weeks, Police Say

Ataui Deng Hopkins, 22, was discovered in a local hospital after she went missing Aug. 6, police said.

Downtown »

August 15, 2014

Stop-and-Frisk Numbers Continue to Plunge

Second quarter data obtained by DNAinfo show 13,400 stops were made, down 7 percent from first quarter.

Downtown »

August 12, 2014

De Blasio Would Dump Bratton in Showdown with Sharpton, Sources Say

If the mayor were forced to choose between Sharpton and Bratton, Sharpton would win, insiders say.

Forest Hills, Rego Park & Jamaica »

August 6, 2014

Eric Garner Case Similar to One That Led to NYPD Ban on Chokeholds

In 1991, four officers were indicted for the fatal choking of Federico Periera. They were exonerated.

Harlem »

August 4, 2014

Man Tested for Ebola at East Harlem Hospital Unlikely to Have Virus

The East Harlem hospital says the patient has been placed in strict isolation as a precaution.