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.

East Village & Lower East Side »

January 26, 2015

Powerful Lobbyist and Pal of Sheldon Silver Is Key Witness in Bribery Case

Brian Meara, one of the top-paid lobbyists in Albany, is a cooperating witness for the feds.

Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen »

January 26, 2015

2 Dead After Home Depot Employee Shoots Manager, Then Himself: Sources

The shooting caused chaos on West 23rd Street Sunday afternoon.

Downtown »

January 23, 2015

New York's Biggest Political Contributor is Main Figure in Silver Case

Glenwood Management, owned by 100-year-old Leonard Litwin, is "Developer 1," sources say.

Midtown & Theater District »

January 23, 2015

Times Square Murder Suspect Captured Near Foxwoods Casino

Suspect wanted in fatal stabbing of homeless man in deli caught near popular casino.

East Village & Lower East Side »

January 22, 2015

Sheldon Silver Part of 'Show Me the Money' Albany Culture, Officials Say

Charges may stem from cash Silver got from a firm specializing in real estate taxes, sources said.

Washington Heights & Inwood »

January 22, 2015

Renowned Columbia Doctor at Center of Sheldon Silver's Alleged Bribe Scheme

Dr. Robert Taub referred his cancer patients to the Assembly speaker's firm, sources said.

Downtown »

January 22, 2015

Bratton Mulls Absorbing NYPD Housing Bureau Into Local Precincts

Officers who patrol the projects would be under local precinct command instead of the Housing Bureau.

Harlem »

January 21, 2015

Man Questioned After Beating Off-Duty NYPD Sgt., Sources Say

The officer had a gash to her face after being beaten in Harlem Wednesday morning, police said.