Murray Waas

writer and journalist

<a href="" target="_hplink">Murray Waas</a> is a <a href="">writer</a> and <a href="" target="_hplink">an investigative reporter</a>. Most recently,<a href="" target="_hplink"> Waas has reported</a> on <a href="" target="_hplink">national security affairs</a> and <a href="" target="_hplink">law enforcement matters</a>. <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_hplink">Most recently, Murray Waas has been <a href="" target="_hplink">the senior investigative reporter</a> for <a href="" target="_hplink">International Business Times</a>. <br /> <a href="" target="_hplink"> At IBT, Wass has covered</a> financial crimes and Wall Street. <br /> <br /> Just prior, <a href="" target="_hplink">Murray Waas was</a> the <a href="" target="_hplink">investigations editor for VICE</a>. And , <a href="" target="_hplink">Waas has worked as an investigative reporter</a> for <a href="" target="_hplink">Reuters</a>. <a href="" target="_hplink">Murray Waas has written for Reuters</a> about <a href="" target="_hplink">health care</a>,<a href="" target="_hplink"> Wall Street</a> , <a href="" target="_hplink">financial crimes</a>, and <a href="" target="_hplink">congressional ehtics</a>.<br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_hplink">Murray Waas</a> also <a href="" target="_hplink">covered the 2012 presidential campaign for the Boston Globe</a>, <a href="" target="_hplink">writing several investigative stories</a> about <a href="" target="_hplink">Mitt Romney's tenure as governor of Massachusetts</a>. <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_hplink">Previously, <a href="" target="_hplink">Murray Waas </a> has been a national correspondent</a> and <a href=";pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">contributing editor the National Journal</a> and also <a href=";page=1">has contributed reporting</a> for ABC News' investigative unit. <br /> <br /> For the <em>National Journal</em>, <a href="" target="_hplink">Murray Waas has reported</a> the misue of prewar intelligence</a></a> by then-President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney</a> to <a href="" target="_hplink">make the case to go to war; the criminal investigation relating to the disclosure as to who in the Bush White House leaked identity of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame; and <a href="">the firings of nine U.S. attorneys</a> by the Bush administration.<br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_hplink">Murray Waas was in 1993 a winner</a> of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School's <a href="">Goldsmith Prize</a>. In <a href="" target="_hplink">awarding the Goldsmith Prize to Murray Waas</a>, the judges cited <a href="" target="_hplink">Waas' "series on U.S. government policy</a> toward Iraq".<br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_hplink">That same year Waas</a> was also a <a href="">finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the category of national reporting. <a href="" target="_hplink">The Pulitzer Board cited Murray Waas</a> and <a href="" target="_hplink">reporter Douglas Frantz</a> for “documenting<a href="" target="_hplink"> the clandestine effort of the U.S. government</a> to supply<a href="" target="_hplink"> money and weapons to Iraq in the 1980′s</a> and up to the <a href="" target="_hplink">weeks before the Gulf War</a>.” <a href="" target="_hplink">The Pulitzer nominations </a>were <a href="" target="_hplink">the first for Murray Waas</a>, and the second for Douglas Frantz.<br /> <br /> In 2010, <a href="" target="_hplink">Waas was a winner</a> of the <a href="" target="_hplink">Barlett & Steele Award for Investigative Business Reporting</a> from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at <a href="" target="_hplink">Arizona State University</a>, for <a href="" target="_hplink">his reporting on the health insurance industry</a>. <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_hplink">In making the award to Waas</a>, <a href="" target="_hplink">the Barlett & Steele judges said</a>: “<a href="" target="_hplink">Reuters and Murray Waas</a> contrasted the upfront public stance of a health care company and its CEO to the reality behind the scenes, revealing the insidiousness of gate keeping by software. <a href="" target="_hplink">Murray Waas' investigation</a></a><a href="" target="_hplink"> led to government pressure</a> and an industry-wide change in the practice of <a href="" target="_hplink">dropping health care coverage</a> for patients after they became sick.”<br /> <br /> That same year, <a href="" target="_hplink">Waas was a winner</a> of the Society of Business Editors and Writers' or <a href="" target="_hplink">SABEW prize for investigative reporting</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> And he has also been <a href="" target="_hplink">a fellow with the Alicia Patterson Foundation</a>, for whom he investigated substandard and life threatening living conditions of institutionalized Americans.<br /> <br /> New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen <a href="">wrote about Murray Waas' work in April, 2006</a>:<br /> <br /> "It should be <a href="" target="_hplink">obvious from the work</a> who<a href="" target="_hplink"> the Woodward of Now is</a>.... The guy's name is <a href="">Murray Waas</a>; he's an independent journalist... [who] has been in the game since he was 18...<br /> <br /> "By Woodward Now I mean that<a href="" target="_hplink"> Murray Waas is the reporter</a> who is actually doing what Woodward has a reputation for doing: finding, tracking, breaking into reportable parts—and then publishing—<a href="">the <a href="">biggest story in town</a></a>. <a href="" target="_hplink">Waas is also putting those parts</a> together for us." <br /> <br /> <em>Washington Post </em>media critic Howard Kurtz <a href="">wrote about Waas</a> the following month:<br /> <br /> "After a quarter-century in the journalistic shadows, <a href="" target="_hplink">Murray Waas</a> is getting <a href="">his day in the sun</a>.<br /> <br /> "The <a href="">freelance investigative reporter </a>has racked up <a href="">a series of scoops</a>. He's <a href="" target="_hplink">been cited by the <em>New York Times</em> columnists</a><a href=";pagewanted=all" target="_hplink"> Frank Rich</a> and <a href="" target="_hplink">Paul Krugman.</a> And New York University journalism professor <a href="" target="_hplink">Jay Rosen calls Waas</a> t<a href="">he new Bob Woodward</a>.<br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_hplink">But Murray Waas -- whose blog</a> is called <a href="">Whatever, Already</a> -- doesn't toot his own horn much and only reluctantly granted an interview. "My theory is, avoid the limelight, do what's important and leave your mark. . . . If my journalism has had impact, it has been because I have spent <a href="">more time in county courthouses</a> than greenrooms," he says.<br /> <br /> (<a href="" target="_hplink">Additional information about Waas</a> </a>can be found in <a href="" target="_hplink"> this profile of him</a> <a href="" target="_hplink">in U.S. News & World Report</a>, and this <a href="" target="_hplink">commentary about his work</a> in Nieman Reports.<br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_hplink">Murray Waas' journalism career</a> began as <a href="" target="_hplink">teenage reporter for the late columnist Jack Anderson</a>. In his twenties,<a href="" target="_hplink"> Waas was an investigative corresponden</a>t for the<em> Village Voice</em>, where he wrote the cover story for the weekly newspaper more than a dozen times.<br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_hplink">Murray Waas has also</a> during his career <a href="" target="_hplink">written for the New Yorker</a>, the <a href="" target="_hplink"><em>Atlantic</em></a>, (see <a href="">here</a> and <a href="">here</a>.) <a href=",1,6057214.story?page=1&amp;coll=la-headlines-pe-food">the <em>Los Angeles Times</em></a> (see <a href="">here</a> and <a href="">here</a>), <a href="" target="_hplink"> the <em>Boston Globe </em></a>(see <a href="" target="_hplink">this other story in the<em> Globe</em> by Waas</a>), <a href="">the <em>Washington Post</em></a>, <a href=";page=1"><em>ABC News</em></a>, <a href="" target="_hplink">the <em>American Prospect</em></a>,<a href="" target="_hplink"><em> the New York Observer</em></a> (<a href="" target="_hplink">see this story</a> <a href="" target="_hplink">and this one as well</a>) the<em> New Republic</em>, <em>Harper's</em>, <a href="" target="_hplink">McClatchy newspapers</a>, and <a href=""><em>Talking Points Memo</em></a>. <br /> <br /> His<a href=""> work </a>has been <a href="" target="_hplink">reviewed by the Online Journalism Review</a></a>, (see also<a href="" target="_hplink"> this OJR article on Murray Waas</a>), <a href="" target="_hplink">the American Journalism Review</a>, and the<em> <a href=",%20by%20Russ%20W_%20Baker.htm" target="_hplink">Columbia Journalism Review</a></em><a href="" target="_hplink">(and this CJR article about Murray Waas</a>.)<br /> <br /> Most recenly, <em>GQ</em> Magazine <a href="" target="_hplink">named Murray Waas</a> as one of four of <a href="" target="_hplink"> "The Best Reporters You Don't Know About,"</a> saying: <br /> <br /> Years of <a href="" target="_hplink">groundbreaking watchdog journalism</a> have resulted in this nickname: <a href="">the new Bob Woodward</a>.<a href="" target="_hplink"> Murray Waas' pieces on the Plame leaks</a> and the U.S. attorney firings inadvertently provided candidates with <a href="">more ammunition</a> against t<a href="" target="_hplink">he current Bush administration</a> than any campaign strategist could hope for." <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_hplink">Waas </a><a href="">currently blogs at his personal website</a> and resides in Washington D.C. <br /> His <a href="">former blog</a> can be found <a href="">here</a>. <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_hplink">Collections of Murray Waas' articles</a> from previous years can be found <a href="">here</a>,<a href="">here</a>, <a href="">here</a>,<a href="">here</a>, and at <a href=""></a> <br /> <br /> In the spring of 2007, <a href="">Waas was the co-editor</a> <a href="" target="_hplink">with Jeff Lomonaco</a>, of <a href="">the United States v. I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby</a>.<br /> <br /> Additional <a href="" target="_hplink">background on Murray Waas</a><a href="" target="_hplink">can be found <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>, <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>, <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>, <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a> </a><a href="" target="_hplink">and here</a>. <br /> <br /> An <a href="" target="_hplink">portfolio of Murray Waas' work</a> can be f<a href="" target="_hplink">ound here</a>. Other collections of <a href="mailto:" target="_hplink">Murray Waas' work</a> can be also be found <a href="mailto:" target="_hplink">here</a> and <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>. <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_hplink">Murray Waas can be contacted</a> through his <a href="">Facebook account</a>,<a href="" target="_hplink"> through his Linkedin account</a>, or at <a href=";pagewanted=all" target="_hplink"></a>.