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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.

Harlem »

July 5, 2015

Gunman Who Killed Teen in Polo Grounds May Be From East Harlem: Sources

The gunman who killed Jordan Barber, 18, may be from an East Harlem-based crew.

Bayside & Douglaston »

July 2, 2015

Videos Show 'Inconsistencies' in Woman's Dog-Napping Story, Sources Say

Surveillance video revealed the owner never went to the area of the purported attack, sources said.

Downtown »

July 1, 2015

Crime Drops in June as This Summer Starts Out as One of NYC's Safest

Serious crime is down for the month, and shootings and murders have eased.

Bedford-Stuyvesant »

June 29, 2015

Passenger Guns Down Livery Driver in Bed-Stuy Robbery, Sources Say

Naji Fawaz was found shot in the front seat of his car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, police said.

Harlem »

June 24, 2015

4 People Wounded, 1 Critically, in Daylight Shooting in Harlem, Sources Say

The shooting took place at East 132nd and Madison Avenue, according to the FDNY.  

Downtown »

June 24, 2015

De Blasio Hired More Police to Head Off Political Fallout, Sources Say

The mayor feared his second term would be doomed if crime rose and he did nothing, sources said.

East New York & Brownsville »

June 23, 2015

Judge Refuses to Toss Out Charges Against NYPD Officer Who Shot Akai Gurley

Officer Peter Liang must go to trial on reckless murder charges for accidentally killing Akai Gurley.

Midtown & Theater District »

June 23, 2015

Machete-Wielding Homeless Man Slashes Woman in Bryant Park, Police Say

Frederick Young slashed a woman who was coming back from her yoga class, police said.