Bill Dedman is an investigative reporter for NBC News, a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting, and a bestselling author of "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune."
Bill is always looking for good investigative story ideas of national interest. Send him an email with a description of your story idea, with documents and sources for more research.
Bill stumbled onto the mystery of the reclusive heiress Huguette Clark, who was featured in a series of reports on NBCNews.com and the Today show. The Clark series has been the most popular feature ever on NBCNews.com, with more than 110 million page views. Bill has co-written a nonfiction book about the Clark family, "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune." The biography hit No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list and was chosen among the best books of 2013 by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and others.
Bill received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for "The Color of Money," a series of articles in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on racial discrimination by mortgage lenders in middle-income neighborhoods. Among other awards, in 2008 he received a national award for investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists for his articles and video on firefighter deaths. In 2011 he received a Best in Business award for investigative reporting from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for his narrative on Huguette Clark and her family.
He joined NBCNews.com (then known as msnbc.com) in 2006, reporting and writing investigative stories for the website and NBC television. He reports to Michael Brunker, investigations editor for NBCNews.com.
For NBC News he has uncovered stories on the Pentagon's efforts to identify servicemen and women lost in past wars, fatal problems with firefighter safety equipment, uninspected highway bridges, the Obama administration's visitor logs, coercive interrogations of detainees at Guantanamo, and strategies for discouraging school shootings.
Bill got his start in journalism at 16 as a copy boy at The Chattanooga Times. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe, and was the first director of computer-assisted reporting for The Associated Press. He taught advanced reporting part time at the University of Maryland, Northwestern University, and Boston University, and created the Power Reporting site of research tools for journalists. He served for six years as a member of the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors.
An archive of his work is below, and check out his recent work at NBC News Investigations.
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Articles and videos by investigative reporter Bill Dedman:
An odd pattern in FEMA flood insurance maps:
- Part one: Why taxpayers will bail out the rich when the next storm hits
- Part two: The 'Robin Hood' who saves condo owners millions
- Follow-up: FBI investigates FEMA flood map changes after NBC News report
The effort to identify missing and dead American service men and women:
- Pentagon unit held 'phony' ceremonies for MIAs, using planes that can't fly
- Pentagon agency under fire for refusing to ID unknown World War II soldiers
- Obama's White House visitor logs: Less than full disclosure
- Group sues for Obama White House visitor list
- Obama names 110 White House guests; most still hidden
- Help figure out who has been lobbying Obama
- Obama yields on most White House visitor logs
- Obama blocks list of visitors to White House
- After lawsuit, Obama opens a bit of info on meetings with health care executives
- City halls call out for help from Obama
- Interactive map: Mayors' advice for Obama
The nuclear power emergency in Japan
- U.S. nuclear agency hid concerns, hailed safety record as Fukushima melted
- What are the odds? US nuke plants ranked by quake risk
- Nuclear neighbors: Population rises near US reactors
- General Electric-designed reactors in Fukushima have 23 sisters in US
- Anti-nuclear group in Japan says emergency was predicted
- Nuclear industry vows that lessons from Japan will make reactors 'even safer'
- Gov. Cuomo orders review of N.Y. reactor after report on quake data
- Senators call on NRC to vouch for safety of U.S. nuclear plants
- What NRC nuclear documents do you want to see? Here's our list
'Cause for Alarm,' a special report on firefighter safety
- Part one: Flaws found in firefighters' last line of defense
- Part two: CDC's fire investigation unit: the 'No Go Team'
- Interactive: Cause for Alarm timeline, video, photos
- 19 firefighter deaths go unexamined
- Kerry calls for investigation of firefighter unit
- Fire chiefs call for action on firefighter deaths
- Group wants CDC stripped of firefighter unit
- Charleston chief blocks fire probe, then relents
Sarah Palin's emergence on the national stage
- Sarah Palin supporters hack Twitter feed of company that posted her emails for msnbc.com
- Live blog: All the released emails are now back in their electronic form, online
- Full story: Archive of Palin emails is online now; documents show a governor focused on image; fake TV interview; ghostwritten op-ed piece
- Searchable online archive of the emails released
- Alaska must release Palin emails by May 31, state AG declares
- Quest for Palin e-mails may exceed her time in office
- Palin's e-mails reveal a powerful 'first dude'
- Yes, we're still waiting to read Palin's e-mails
- Want Palin's e-mails? That'll be $15 million
The killing of Osama bin Laden
- How the US tracked couriers to elaborate bin Laden compound
- Families of 9/11: 'Bogeyman can't come out of the closet' (with JoNel Aleccia)
Huguette Clark and her empty mansions
All the stories, photos and videos in our Huguette Clark series are collected at clark.msnbc.com
- Huguette Clark, the reclusive copper heiress, dies at 104
- Family excluded from Huguette Clark burial
- Investigated pair still controls heiress's wealth
- Attorney for 104-year-old heiress defends his handling of her finances
- Family of copper heiress asks court to protect her
- Generosity of an heiress: four homes for a nurse, gifts for attorney's family
- Criminal probe begins into the finances of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark
- Special report, part one: At 104, the mysterious heiress Huguette Clark is alone now
- Special report, part two: Who is watching heiress Huguette Clark's millions?
- Photo narrative: The Clarks, an American story of wealth, scandal and mystery (on this page)
- Print version of photos and text
- Notes and sources on the Clark family
A firing in the federal government: a case of religious discrimination?
- Whistle-blowing witch grounded by TSA; Wiccan is fired after complaint about casting spells, and after she complained about lax security at the airport
A shooting in Tucson
- The emergency response in Tucson: Timeline shows ambulance delays
- Records show fear of Loughner, lack of mental health intervention
- Live chat: American assassins
- Few assassins fit the 'profile.' Most had no mental health treatment, made no threats
- Loughner profile: 'I can't trust the current government'
The Pentagon's new truth device
- New anti-terror weapon: hand-held lie detector
- Video: Breakthrough or junk science? (on this page)
- What is the PCASS and how does it work?
- Live vote: Should the U.S. military use it?
The downside of boutique medicine
- Clinic with two doors, a symbol of two-tier care
- Patients face bitter choice: Pay up or lose care (by JoNel Aleccia)
- Commentary: Boutique care or medical bribery? (by Arthur Caplan)
A church group protects an orphanage in Haiti after the quake
Video: Haitian orphans look toward new beginning (on this page) (by David Britt-Friedman, Bill Dedman, Kevin Flynn and Eric Zuckerman)
Slideshow: Church rushes to help orphanage in Haiti (by David Britt-Friedman)
- Pa. pastor 'expecting the worst' at Haitian site (with reporter Alex Johnson)
- Armed, resolute, church group heads for Haiti
- A joyful reunion, but now what?
- Haitian orphans sing 'God Is Good' after relief arrives (videos by David Britt-Friedman)
- An island of relative calm in a sea of chaos
- As tensions rise, orphanage group decides to move
- At the end of orphans' scary journey, a Haitian oasis
- For orphans, safe haven brings new rules
- Good Samaritans, helped by other Good Samaritans
- Haiti needs more volunteers like these
- Six months after Haiti quake, 'people have moved on to the next crisis'
Ted Kennedy's FBI file
The Adversity Index
- Rolling recovery reaches New York, L.A. (March 2010 data)
- Recovery? Most metro areas still losing jobs (Feb. 2010 data)
- Recovery reaches nearly half of metros (Dec. 2009 data)
- Big cities are still waiting for economic recovery (Oct. 2009 data)
- One in four metro areas in recovery mode (Sept. 2009 data)
- Recession ends in 79 metros, index shows (Aug. 2009 data)
- 23 metro areas where the recession is easing (May 2009 data)
- 33 metro areas where builders are confident (April 2009 data)
- Which states will be early risers? (March 2009 data)
- Recession-resistant, but would you live there? (Feb. 2009 data)
- Few U.S. cities escape reach of the recession (Jan. 2009 data)
- Interactive national map: watch the Adversity Index change
- Explainer: How the Adversity Index is built
- Part one: Late inspections of bridges put travelers at risk
- Part two: Feds let states delay inspections of bridges in poor condition
- Bridge Tracker: Check your bridges on our map
- Which states fell behind on inspections?
- Where the bad bridges are, state by state
- How msnbc.com studied bridge inspections
- I-35 bridge was rated among the nation's worst
- State by state: 'deficient' or 'obsolete' bridges
- Bridge inspector confesses to faking paperwork
- Bridge collapse revealed holes in federal data
The 2008 campaign and transition
- Reading Hillary Rodham's hidden thesis
- How the Clintons wrapped up Hillary's thesis
- Historians write 1st draft on Obama victory
- Witnessing History: the Bronx
- Obama's story resonates with Bronx students
- Obama routs McCain in student election
- Obama leads the money chase in key counties
Banks in crisis
- List of banks under stress keeps growing
- Is your bank in trouble? More report bad loans
- Is your bank ‘underwater?’
- Most banks still weakening, analysis shows
- U.S. banks suffer 149 percent rise in bad loans
- Which banks had more troubled loans?
- 400 biggest banks and their bad loans
Privacy vs. protecting children
The ditching of Flight 1549 in the Hudson River
Journalists and independence
- Journalists dole out cash to politicians (quietly)
- The list: Journalists who wrote political checks
- Newsroom policies vary on campaign donations
- Live Vote: Should journalists give?
- Update: TV reporter who backed candidate is out
School security and school shootings
- Cho's words, actions fit school shooting pattern
- Threat-assessment approach seen as lifesaver
- On the scene blog from Virginia Tech
- 10 myths about school shootings
- Does every school need a metal detector?
Benefits for cops, firefighters and EMTs
- Safety officers denied on-duty death benefits
- Still waiting: One widow's story
- Firefighters' heart attack risk soars at the scene
Health insurance reform
- Devil is in the details of Mass. health care law
- Facts on the Massachusetts health reform law
- Q&A with the head of the Massachusetts plan
On the lighter side