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.

Sunset Park & Greenwood Heights »

September 17, 2014

VIDEO: NYPD Suspends Officer Caught Kicking Vendor

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the officer was suspended after Sunday's incident.

Downtown »

September 15, 2014

Bratton Hires Ex-NYPD Official to Revamp Use-of-Force Training

Michael Julian, considered an "out of the box" thinker, is a special consultant on NYPD retraining.  

Downtown »

September 11, 2014

A 9/11 'Miracle' for Family of Fallen Firefighter

James Boyle prayed to his fallen son to help his critically injured granddaughter recover.

Flushing & Whitestone »

September 10, 2014

Brooklyn Tech Student Killed by Father Remembered as Kindhearted

Brian Lee was described as a popular, sweet young man by Brooklyn Tech classmates and church leaders. 

Flushing & Whitestone »

September 9, 2014

Money Woes Lead Queens Man to Kill Family and Self, Suicide Note Says

NYPD initially searched for surviving son, but now believe triple killing was murder-suicide.

Harlem »

September 4, 2014

NYPD Officer Shoots Unarmed Man in Marcus Garvey Park, Police Say

A 28-year-old man was critically wounded after "accosting" the officer in the park, police said.

Downtown »

September 3, 2014

New Port Authority Police Go on Drunken Rampage After Graduation

A group of Port Authority rookies celebrated graduation by getting drunk and fighting, sources said.

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.