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Murray Waas

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<a href="http://archive.pressthink.org/2006/04/09/waas_now.html" target="_hplink">Murray Waas</a> is a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2006/03/31/BL2006033100695.html">writer</a> and <a href="http://ajrarchive.org/article.asp?id=1383" target="_hplink">an investigative reporter</a>. Most recently,<a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/murraywaas" target="_hplink"> Waas has reported</a> on <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/intended-for-conventional-weapons-20060331" target="_hplink">national security affairs</a> and <a href="http://news.nationaljournal.com/articles/070430nj1.htm" target="_hplink">law enforcement matters</a>. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://ajrarchive.org/article.asp?id=1383" target="_hplink">Most recently, Murray Waas has been <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/reporters/murray-waas" target="_hplink">the senior investigative reporter</a> for <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/international-business-times-hires-award-winning-investigative-journalist-murray-waas-300076273.html" target="_hplink">International Business Times</a>. <br /> <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/international-business-times-hires-award-winning-investigative-journalist-murray-waas-300076273.html" target="_hplink"> At IBT, Wass has covered</a> financial crimes and Wall Street. <br /> <br /> Just prior, <a href="http://healthjournalism.org/blog/2010/10/health-stories-top-investigative-business-journalism-awards/" target="_hplink">Murray Waas was</a> the <a href="http://www.vice.com/author/murray-waas" target="_hplink">investigations editor for VICE</a>. And , <a href="http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-investigates/2011/01/05/congratulations-to-murray-waas/" target="_hplink">Waas has worked as an investigative reporter</a> for <a href="http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-investigates/2011/01/05/congratulations-to-murray-waas/" target="_hplink">Reuters</a>. <a href="http://sabew.org/2010/10/reuters-milwaukee-j-s-win-11-barlett-steele-awards/" target="_hplink">Murray Waas has written for Reuters</a> about <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62G2DO20100317" target="_hplink">health care</a>,<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/26/us-sec-stanford-idUSTRE80P22R20120126" target="_hplink"> Wall Street</a> , <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/13/us-stanford-campaign-idUSTRE81C22H20120213" target="_hplink">financial crimes</a>, and <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/26/us-usa-politics-ensign-idUSTRE74P4N920110526" target="_hplink">congressional ehtics</a>.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2012/10/24/mitt-romney-overruled-state-agency-and-rejected-new-birth-certificates-for-children-born-gay-parents/TqOHBb99V98H6nGQqUQrjO/story.html" target="_hplink">Murray Waas</a> also <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2012/06/12/mitt_romneys_administration_stifled_antibullying_guide_over_language_on_bisexual_transgender_youth/" target="_hplink">covered the 2012 presidential campaign for the Boston Globe</a>, <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2012/10/24/mitt-romney-overruled-state-agency-and-rejected-new-birth-certificates-for-children-born-gay-parents/TqOHBb99V98H6nGQqUQrjO/story.html" target="_hplink">writing several investigative stories</a> about <a href="http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2012/10/25/mitt-romney-criticized-gay-rights-groups-for-blocking-routine-birth-certificate-approvals-for-same-sex-parents/7IR2ZTptBmEDVN6CZ7EUJK/story.html" target="_hplink">Mitt Romney's tenure as governor of Massachusetts</a>. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.talkleft.com/story/2006/04/17/377/75798" target="_hplink">Previously, <a href="http://ajrarchive.org/article.asp?id=1383" target="_hplink">Murray Waas </a> has been a national correspondent</a> and <a href="http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E6D91731F934A15752C1A9639C8B63&amp;pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">contributing editor the National Journal</a> and also <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5234803&amp;page=1">has contributed reporting</a> for ABC News' investigative unit. <br /> <br /> For the <em>National Journal</em>, <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-category/209" 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="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/75261/waas-goal-is-to-get-to-the-bottom-of-how-us-went-to-war/" 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="http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200904u/us-attorney-bogden">the firings of nine U.S. attorneys</a> by the Bush administration.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/douglas-frantz-and-murray-waas" target="_hplink">Murray Waas was in 1993 a winner</a> of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School's <a href="http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=235005">Goldsmith Prize</a>. In <a href="http://shorensteincenter.org/prizes-lectures/goldsmith-awards-program/investigative-reporting-prize/" target="_hplink">awarding the Goldsmith Prize to Murray Waas</a>, the judges cited <a href="http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1993/3/26/goldsmith-prizes-awarded-pinvestigative-reporters-who/" target="_hplink">Waas' "series on U.S. government policy</a> toward Iraq".<br /> <br /> <a href="http://archive.pressthink.org/2006/04/09/waas_now.html" target="_hplink">That same year Waas</a> was also a <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/bycat/National+Reporting">finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the category of national reporting. <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-category/209" target="_hplink">The Pulitzer Board cited Murray Waas</a> and <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/4442" target="_hplink">reporter Douglas Frantz</a> for “documenting<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1992/10/26/opinion/abroad-at-home-trust.html" target="_hplink"> the clandestine effort of the U.S. government</a> to supply<a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1992-04-18/news/mn-537_1_saudi-arabia-s-transfers" target="_hplink"> money and weapons to Iraq in the 1980′s</a> and up to the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1992/03/15/opinion/abroad-at-home-who-fed-this-caesar.html" target="_hplink">weeks before the Gulf War</a>.” <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/douglas-frantz-and-murray-waas" target="_hplink">The Pulitzer nominations </a>were <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/douglas-frantz-and-murray-waas" target="_hplink">the first for Murray Waas</a>, and the second for Douglas Frantz.<br /> <br /> In 2010, <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/reuters-and-milwaukee-journal-sentinel-receive-2010-barlett--steele-awards-104329693.html" target="_hplink">Waas was a winner</a> of the <a href="http://businessjournalism.org/2010/10/04/reuters-and-milwaukee-journal-sentinel-receive-2010-barlett-steele-awards/" target="_hplink">Barlett & Steele Award for Investigative Business Reporting</a> from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at <a href="http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-investigates/2011/01/05/congratulations-to-murray-waas/" target="_hplink">Arizona State University</a>, for <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/prescriptions/2010/05/obama_vs_wellpoint.html" target="_hplink">his reporting on the health insurance industry</a>. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://sabew.org/2010/10/reuters-milwaukee-j-s-win-11-barlett-steele-awards/" target="_hplink">In making the award to Waas</a>, <a href="http://www.thebaron.info/people/murray-waas-wins-top-prize-for-enterprise-reporting" target="_hplink">the Barlett & Steele judges said</a>: “<a href="http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_04/023481.php" 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="http://www.thebaron.info/people/murray-waas-wins-top-prize-for-enterprise-reporting" target="_hplink">Murray Waas' investigation</a></a><a href="http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_04/023481.php" target="_hplink"> led to government pressure</a> and an industry-wide change in the practice of <a href="http://healthjournalism.org/blog/2010/10/health-stories-top-investigative-business-journalism-awards/" target="_hplink">dropping health care coverage</a> for patients after they became sick.”<br /> <br /> That same year, <a href="http://blog.thomsonreuters.com/index.php/thomson-reuters-wins-5-sabew-best-in-business-awards/" target="_hplink">Waas was a winner</a> of the Society of Business Editors and Writers' or <a href="http://blog.thomsonreuters.com/index.php/thomson-reuters-wins-5-sabew-best-in-business-awards/" target="_hplink">SABEW prize for investigative reporting</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> And he has also been <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1994-04-03/magazine/tm-41569_1_forest-haven-bleak-house-institutional-abuse" 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="http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2006/04/09/waas_now.html">wrote about Murray Waas' work in April, 2006</a>:<br /> <br /> "It should be <a href="http://busharchive.froomkin.com/BL2006033100695_pf.htm" target="_hplink">obvious from the work</a> who<a href="http://murraywaas.crooksandliars.com/about/" target="_hplink"> the Woodward of Now is</a>.... The guy's name is <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/16/AR2006041601027_pf.html">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="http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/reuters_is_excellent_in_diggin.php" 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="http://www.democracynow.org/2006/2/10/exclusive_interview_murray_waas_on_how">the <a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2006/2/10/exclusive_interview_murray_waas_on_how">biggest story in town</a></a>. <a href="http://archive.pressthink.org/2006/04/09/waas_now.html" target="_hplink">Waas is also putting those parts</a> together for us." <br /> <br /> <em>Washington Post </em>media critic Howard Kurtz <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/16/AR2006041601027_pf.html">wrote about Waas</a> the following month:<br /> <br /> "After a quarter-century in the journalistic shadows, <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/murray-waas/" target="_hplink">Murray Waas</a> is getting <a href="http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/060515/15mediatakes.htm">his day in the sun</a>.<br /> <br /> "The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/16/AR2006041601027_pf.html">freelance investigative reporter </a>has racked up <a href="http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/02/grand_jury_investigation_of_us_attorney_firings_fo.php">a series of scoops</a>. He's <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1992/03/15/opinion/abroad-at-home-who-fed-this-caesar.html" target="_hplink">been cited by the <em>New York Times</em> columnists</a><a href="http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E6D91731F934A15752C1A9639C8B63&amp;pagewanted=all" target="_hplink"> Frank Rich</a> and <a href="http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/17/demons-and-demonization/" target="_hplink">Paul Krugman.</a> And New York University journalism professor <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowldc/waas-is-the-new-woodward_b2229" target="_hplink">Jay Rosen calls Waas</a> t<a href="http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2006/04/09/waas_now.html">he new Bob Woodward</a>.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.hks.harvard.edu/presspol/prizes_lectures/goldsmith_awards/investigative_reporting.html" target="_hplink">But Murray Waas -- whose blog</a> is called <a href="http://whateveralready.blogspot.com/2005/07/exclusive-novak-co-operated-with.html">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="http://waasinfo.com/clients/waas/geo/salon/witness2.html">more time in county courthouses</a> than greenrooms," he says.<br /> <br /> (<a href="http://archive.pressthink.org/2006/04/09/waas_now.html" target="_hplink">Additional information about Waas</a> </a>can be found in <a href="http://murraywaas.net/" target="_hplink"> this profile of him</a> <a href="http://murraywaas.net/" target="_hplink">in U.S. News & World Report</a>, and this <a href="http://niemanreports.org/articles/editorial-pages-why-courage-is-hard-to-find/" target="_hplink">commentary about his work</a> in Nieman Reports.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://businessjournalism.org/2010/10/04/reuters-and-milwaukee-journal-sentinel-receive-2010-barlett-steele-awards/" target="_hplink">Murray Waas' journalism career</a> began as <a href="http://www.villagevoice.com/2005-12-13/news/jack-anderson-an-appreciation/" target="_hplink">teenage reporter for the late columnist Jack Anderson</a>. In his twenties,<a href="http://www.hks.harvard.edu/presspol/prizes_lectures/goldsmith_awards/investigative_reporting.html" 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="http://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-category/209" target="_hplink">Murray Waas has also</a> during his career <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/contributors/murray-s-waas" target="_hplink">written for the New Yorker</a>, the <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/murray-waas/" target="_hplink"><em>Atlantic</em></a>, (see <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200809u/gonzales-investigation">here</a> and <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200904u/us-attorney-bogden">here</a>.) <a href="http://www.latimes.com/features/printedition/food/la-me-shaw27oct27,1,6057214.story?page=1&amp;coll=la-headlines-pe-food">the <em>Los Angeles Times</em></a> (see <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1992-03-22/news/mn-7320_1_food-aid">here</a> and <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1992-02-25/news/mn-2628_1_foreign-policy">here</a>), <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2012/06/12/mitt_romneys_administration_stifled_antibullying_guide_over_language_on_bisexual_transgender_youth/" target="_hplink"> the <em>Boston Globe </em></a>(see <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2012/06/12/mitt_romneys_administration_stifled_antibullying_guide_over_language_on_bisexual_transgender_youth/?page=1" target="_hplink">this other story in the<em> Globe</em> by Waas</a>), <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/16/AR2006041601027_2.html">the <em>Washington Post</em></a>, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5234803&amp;page=1"><em>ABC News</em></a>, <a href="http://prospect.org/authors/murray-waas" target="_hplink">the <em>American Prospect</em></a>,<a href="http://observer.com/author/murray-waas/" target="_hplink"><em> the New York Observer</em></a> (<a href="http://observer.com/1998/02/richard-scaife-paid-for-dirt-on-clinton-in-arkansas-project/" target="_hplink">see this story</a> <a href="http://observer.com/2013/04/im-a-creep-im-a-weirdo/" target="_hplink">and this one as well</a>) the<em> New Republic</em>, <em>Harper's</em>, <a href="http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/11/29/175927/ponzi-artist-investigated-ex-state.html" target="_hplink">McClatchy newspapers</a>, and <a href="http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/02/grand_jury_investigation_of_us_attorney_firings_fo.php"><em>Talking Points Memo</em></a>. <br /> <br /> His<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2006/03/31/BL2006033100695.html"> work </a>has been <a href="http://www.ojr.org/ojr/workplace/1017968939.php" target="_hplink">reviewed by the Online Journalism Review</a></a>, (see also<a href="http://www.ojr.org/ojr/workplace/1017968939.php" target="_hplink"> this OJR article on Murray Waas</a>), <a href="http://ajrarchive.org/article.asp?id=1383" target="_hplink">the American Journalism Review</a>, and the<em> <a href="http://www.russbaker.com/archives/CJR%20-%20Iraqgate,%20by%20Russ%20W_%20Baker.htm" target="_hplink">Columbia Journalism Review</a></em><a href="http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/reuters_is_excellent_in_diggin.php" target="_hplink">(and this CJR article about Murray Waas</a>.)<br /> <br /> Most recenly, <em>GQ</em> Magazine <a href="http://niemanreports.org/articles/editorial-pages-why-courage-is-hard-to-find/" target="_hplink">named Murray Waas</a> as one of four of <a href="http://busharchive.froomkin.com/BL2006033100695_pf.htm" target="_hplink"> "The Best Reporters You Don't Know About,"</a> saying: <br /> <br /> Years of <a href="http://niemanreports.org/articles/editorial-pages-why-courage-is-hard-to-find/" target="_hplink">groundbreaking watchdog journalism</a> have resulted in this nickname: <a href="http://www.talkleft.com/story/2006/04/17/377/75798">the new Bob Woodward</a>.<a href="http://busharchive.froomkin.com/BL2006033100695_pf.htm" target="_hplink"> Murray Waas' pieces on the Plame leaks</a> and the U.S. attorney firings inadvertently provided candidates with <a href="http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/radio/2008/09/26/waas/">more ammunition</a> against t<a href="http://www.poynter.org/2006/waas-goal-is-to-get-to-the-bottom-of-how-us-went-to-war/75261/" target="_hplink">he current Bush administration</a> than any campaign strategist could hope for." <br /> <br /> <a href="http://murraywaas.net/" target="_hplink">Waas </a><a href="http://murraywaas.crooksandliars.com/">currently blogs at his personal website</a> and resides in Washington D.C. <br /> His <a href="http://whateveralready.blogspot.com/2005/10/rove-before-grand-jury-in-morning.html">former blog</a> can be found <a href="http://whateveralready.blogspot.com/2005/10/rove-before-grand-jury-in-morning.html">here</a>. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/bycat/National-Reporting" target="_hplink">Collections of Murray Waas' articles</a> from previous years can be found <a href="http://www.murraywaas.net/">here</a>,<a href="http://www.waasinfo.com/">here</a>, <a href="http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Murray_Waas/External_Links_2005-2008">here</a>,<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/by/murray_waas">here</a>, and at <a href="http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Murray_Waas">sourcewatch.org</a> <br /> <br /> In the spring of 2007, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/United-States-v-Lewis-Libby/dp/1402752598">Waas was the co-editor</a> <a href="http://firedoglake.com/2007/06/10/fdl-book-salon-welcomes-murray-waas-and-jeff-lomonaco/" target="_hplink">with Jeff Lomonaco</a>, of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/United-States-v-Lewis-Libby/dp/1402752598">the United States v. I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby</a>.<br /> <br /> Additional <a href="http://archive.pressthink.org/2006/04/09/waas_now.html" target="_hplink">background on Murray Waas</a><a href="http://www.thebaron.info/people/murray-waas-wins-top-prize-for-enterprise-reporting" target="_hplink">can be found <a href="https://www.vice.com/author/murray-waas" target="_hplink">here</a>, <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/contributors/murray-s-waas" target="_hplink">here</a>, <a href="https://murraywaas36.contently.com/" target="_hplink">here</a>, <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/4442" target="_hplink">here</a> </a><a href="http://www.murraywaas.com/" target="_hplink">and here</a>. <br /> <br /> An <a href="https://murraywaas36.contently.com/" target="_hplink">portfolio of Murray Waas' work</a> can be f<a href="https://murraywaas36.contently.com/" target="_hplink">ound here</a>. Other collections of <a href="mailto:http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/douglas-frantz-and-murray-waas" target="_hplink">Murray Waas' work</a> can be also be found <a href="mailto:http://www.newyorker.com/contributors/murray-s-waas" target="_hplink">here</a> and <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/author/murray-waas/" target="_hplink">here</a>. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://blog.thomsonreuters.com/index.php/thomson-reuters-wins-5-sabew-best-in-business-awards/" target="_hplink">Murray Waas can be contacted</a> through his <a href="http://www.facebook.com/people/Murray-Waas/600416922">Facebook account</a>,<a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/murraywaas" target="_hplink"> through his Linkedin account</a>, or at <a href="http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E6D91731F934A15752C1A9639C8B63&amp;pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">Murraywaas@gmail.com</a>.