Bill Dedman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and bestselling author. He has worked in newspapers, online news, television, magazines, journalism education, and newsroom consulting.
Bill received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for "The Color of Money," his series of articles in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on racial discrimination by mortgage lenders in middle-income black neighborhoods. "The Color of Money" was an influential early example of the power of using computers to gather and analyze public records, combined with shoe-leather reporting to demonstrate how a segregated mortgage market was maintained. Bill has received many other journalism awards over the past thirty years for online reporting, deadline reporting, public service, feature writing, and creative use of online multimedia.
He joined Newsday in 2014 as a senior writer, reporting investigative stories for print and online, and for its sister cable television channel, News 12 Long Island.
In eight years with NBC News, reporting online for NBCNews.com and msnbc.com, Bill uncovered stories on the Pentagon's slow efforts to identify servicemen and women lost in past wars, the military police officers who tried to stop coercive interrogations of detainees at Guantanamo, fatal problems with firefighter safety equipment, uninspected highway bridges, the Obama administration's hidden visitor logs, and lessons learned from studies of school shootings.
Bill stumbled onto the mystery of the reclusive heiress Huguette Clark, who was featured in his series of reports in 2010 on NBCNews.com and the Today show. The Clark series (http://nbcnews.com/clark/) was the most popular story ever on NBCNews.com, with more than 110 million page views. What began as a slideshow and feature story developed into an investigative series, a running daily competitive story, a full-length biography, and now is in line to become a Hollywood film.
He co-wrote the biography Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune. The book reached No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list and was chosen among the best books of 2013 by Times critic Janet Maslin, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and the readers at Goodreads. (http://emptymansionsbook.com/) An Empty Mansions film is in the works from Hollywood producer Ryan Murphy (Glee, The Normal Heart.)
Bill got his start in journalism at 16 as a copy boy at The Chattanooga Times. Bill 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 served for six years on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Bill is married to Pam Belluck, a Pulitzer Prize-winner in 2015 for her health and science writing for The New York Times.