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.

Jackson Heights & Elmhurst »

November 26, 2014

Pregnant Woman Gunned Down in Possible Hit in LeFrak City, Baby Dies

Anastasia Massey, 27, was shot in the chest and arm, police said.

Harlem »

November 26, 2014

Black Panther Convicted of Trying to Kill 6 Officers Released From Prison

Sekou Odinga, a Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member, was released from prison Tuesday.

Downtown »

November 26, 2014

The NYPD Still Acts Like It's 1993 and Needs to Change Tactics, Sources Say

Officials say the NYPD needs to adjust tactics like "vertical patrols" and stop-and-frisks.

St. George & Port Richmond »

November 24, 2014

NYPD Officer in Eric Garner Death Testifies Before Grand Jury

Officer Daniel Pantaleo's appearance Friday morning could signal the inquiry is nearing its conclusion.

East New York & Brownsville »

November 21, 2014

Rookie Officer Fatally Shoots 'Total Innocent' in Pink Houses, NYPD Says

Officer Peter Liang fatally shot Akai Gurley in what officials said was an "accidental discharge."

Murray Hill, Gramercy & Midtown East »

November 20, 2014

Man Who Traveled from Mali Tests Negative for Ebola, Officials Say

A man who recently came to the United States from Mali was taken to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday.

Midtown & Theater District »

November 18, 2014

Diamond District Heist Plotted Via Text Messages, Feds Say

Rondu Frisby, 37, pretended he was shopping for a friend's girlfriend when he went into the shop.

Midtown & Theater District »

November 17, 2014

Investigators Eye Diamond District Heist as Inside Job, Sources Say

Police arrested a friend of the store owner's son and named another suspect Monday.