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.

Bay Ridge & Bensonhurst »

March 31, 2015

More Body Parts Found in Gravesend Park

A ribcage, an elbow and a leg were found in a park where a foot and hand were discovered in January.

Midtown & Theater District »

March 30, 2015

Mother Detained After 1-Year-Old Son Dies in Manhattan Restaurant: Police

The mother, 35, was detained after her son's death on Monday, police said.

Downtown »

March 30, 2015

Harvey Weinstein Accused of Groping Italian Model, Sources Say

A model tied to Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi claimed Weinstein grabbed her breasts and thighs.  

East Village & Lower East Side »

March 27, 2015

Here's What Investigators Think Caused the East Village Explosion

Illegal tap on gas pipe was damaged by plumber during Con Ed inspection.

East Village & Lower East Side »

March 27, 2015

2 People Still Missing After East Village Explosion Razes Buildings

Nicholas Figueroa and restaurant worker were still missing after the East Village blast, reports said.

East Village & Lower East Side »

March 26, 2015

Gas Explosion Rips Through East Village Buildings

Two buildings collapsed when an explosion rocked the East Village.

South Bronx »

March 26, 2015

Fuel Oil Companies Scammed Millions From the NYPD, FDNY, Sources Say

Investigators raided five fuel companies suspected of a scam worth tens of millions of dollars.

Borough Park & Midwood »

March 21, 2015

7 Children — All Siblings — Killed in Fire Caused by Hot Plate

The brothers and sisters ranged from 5 to 15 years old and were killed in a fire at 3371 Bedford Ave.