Headshot of Bill DedmanBill Dedman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and bestselling author of the biography Empty Mansions. He has worked in online news, video, newspapers, television, and magazines.

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 journalism awards for online reporting, creative use of interactive tools, deadline reporting, public service, and feature writing.

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 killed 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, an effort by the Clinton administration to hide Hillary Clinton's college thesis, 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 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 being developed as 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 debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times best seller list and was chosen among the best books of 2013 by critic Janet Maslin, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads readers. See more at emptymansionsbook.com. Empty Mansions has been optioned for a feature film.

He joined Newsday in 2014 as a senior writer, reporting investigative stories for print, online, and cable television.

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 has taught advanced reporting part time at the University of Maryland, Northwestern University, Boston University, and Stony Brook University, and served for six years on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Portfolio

Cover of book Empty Mansions
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune, written with Paul Clark Newell, Jr., a No. 1 New York Times best seller
Color of Money reprint cover image
The Color of Money: Home mortgage lending practices discriminate against blacks: The Pulitzer Prize-winning series in Bill Kovach's Atlanta Journal-Constitution on racial discrimination by mortgage lenders in middle-income neighborhoods, May 1988, with follow-up articles
Men hug in the ruins of homes after hurricane
Wind, flames, Our Fathers: The inside story of Breezy Point's terrible night, NBC News, October 31, 2012












Netting in front of stadium seats at Fenway Park
Ticket demand is high, but are new Fenway seats worth risk?, The Boston Globe, April 11, 2003
Astronaut John Glenn in space suit smiling
A nostalgic celebration in Glenn's town, The New York Times, October 30, 1998
Donald Trump poses with Dale Javino
Donald Trump, ex-cops joined on stage by felon from Long Island, Newsday, April 25, 2016







Soldiers carry casket draped with flag
Pentagon unit held 'phony' ceremonies for MIAs, using planes that can't fly, NBC News, October 10, 2013
Soldiers carry casket draped with flag
Pentagon agency under fire for refusing to ID unknown World War II soldiers, NBC News, August 1, 2013
Map showing trips by school superintendent Julia Earl to Texas
Superintendent Julia Earl's Texas trips cost city, Nashua Telegraph, with Michael Brindley, series, June 2006
Photos of firefighters killed on the job
Flaws in firefighters' last line of defense: U.S. waited 5 years to heed expert's warning on 'man down' alarms, NBC News, first of a series, February 5, 2007
Photos of firefighters killed on the job
CDC's fire investigation unit: the 'No Go Team': Agency that examines firefighter deaths typically arrives 33 days later, NBC News, second of a series, February 6, 2007
Chart showing declining minority employment at Los Angeles Times
Newsroom diversity has passed its peak at most newspapers, study shows; Report for the Knight Foundation shows trends at 1,410 US newspapers, Knight Foundation, with Stephen K. Doig, June 1, 2005
Condo towers by the beach
Why taxpayers will bail out the rich when the next storm hits, NBC News, February 18, 2014
Condo towers by the beach
Meet the flood insurance 'Robin Hood' who saves condo owners millions, NBC News, February 19, 2014
Condo towers by the beach
FBI investigates FEMA flood map changes after NBC News report, NBC News, March 27, 2014







Newsday headline on airport knife risk
Video: Steakhouse knives pose security risk at JFK, News 12 Networks, television version, November 25, 2014
Newsday headline on airport knife risk
Port Authority yanks knives from JFK eateries inside security checkpoint, Newsday, print version, November 25, 2014
Two women celebrate wedding
Gay marriage: Survey finds women in majority, The Boston Globe, with Scott S. Greenberger, May 18, 2004
Man rakes leaves with nuclear cooling towers behind
U.S. nuclear agency hid concerns, hailed safety record as Fukushima melted, NBC News, March 10, 2014
Man rakes leaves with nuclear cooling towers behind
What are the odds? U.S. nuke plants ranked by quake risk: So much for San Andreas: Reactors in East, Midwest, South have highest chance of damage, NBC News, March 16, 2011
Man rakes leaves with nuclear cooling towers behind
Nuclear neighbors: Population rises near US reactors: Map of census data shows 17 percent increase in residents within 10 miles in a decade, NBC News, March 16, 2011



Huguette Clark as a child in Indian costume hugging her father W.A. Clark
The Clarks: an American story of wealth, scandal and mystery, NBC News, series beginning February 26, 2010
A school bus approaches a bridge
Late inspections of bridges put travelers at risk: At least 17,000 spans didn't get a two-year checkup, NBC News, first of a series, January 30, 2008
A school bus approaches a bridge
Feds let states delay inspection of bad bridges: Loophole allows infrequent checkups for spans in poor condition, NBC News, second of a series, January 31, 2008
female journalist arm in arm with male politician
Journalists dole out cash to politicians (quietly): News organizations diverge on handling of political activism by staff, NBC News, June 21, 2007
Hillary Clinton in first year at Wellesley
Reading Hillary Rodham's hidden thesis: Clinton White House asked Wellesley College to close off access, NBC News, March 2, 2007
Hillary Clinton in first year at Wellesley
How the Clintons wrapped up Hillary's thesis: 'A stupid political decision,' says her former Wellesley poli-sci professor, NBC News, March 2, 2007
Detainees in orange kneeling at Guantanamo prison
Gitmo interrogations spark battle over tactics: The inside story of criminal investigators who tried to stop abuse, NBC News, first of a series, October 23, 2006
Detainees in orange kneeling at Guantanamo prison
Can the '20th hijacker' of Sept. 11 stand trial?: Aggressive interrogations at Guantanamo may prevent his prosecution, NBC News, second of a series, October 24, 2006
Muslim American woman at graduation wearing scarf under mortar board
Memo warns against use of profiling in national defense, The Boston Globe, October 12, 2001









Black man looks in rear-view mirror of car
Speed trap: Who gets a ticket, who gets a break? Race, sex and age drive ticketing; Minorities and men least likely to get a break, The Boston Globe, first of a series, with Francie Latour, July 20, 2003




Black man looks in rear-view mirror of car
Speed trap: Punishment varies by town and officer, The Boston Globe, second of a series, with Francie Latour, July 21, 2003




Black man looks in rear-view mirror of car
Speed trap: Troopers fair, tough in traffic encounters, The Boston Globe, third of a series, with Francie Latour, July 22, 2003






Baseball players Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa greet each other on the field
Fan snaring No. 62 faces big tax bite, The New York Times, September 7, 1998
Baseball players Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa greet each other on the field
Sosa matches McGwire with homers 61 and 62, The New York Times, September 14, 1998
Senator Gary Hart on boat with friend Donna Rice on his lap
Who tipped The Miami Herald about Donna Rice? Rice points to a friend as tipster; Fellow model fits profile of caller in Hart scandal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 17, 1987





Husband and wife Andy and Kathy Bleiler with press cameras behind them
A scandal's road kill undergoes an autopsy, The New York Times, March 22, 1998
Cover of Chicago Sun-Times series on school shooters
Deadly Lessons: School shooters tell why, Chicago Sun-Times, series, October 2000
President Reagan being pushed into car by Secret Service agent during assassination attempt
Secret Service challenges assassin stereotypes, The New York Times, August 9, 1998






Pastor George Stallings gestures with fingers pointing up as he preaches
Years of defiance: roots of Stallings's rebellion, The Washington Post, first of a series with Laura Sessions Stepp, April 29, 1990
Pastor George Stallings gestures with fingers pointing up as he preaches
Concerns about Stallings's lifestyle fueled conflict, The Washington Post, second of a series with Laura Sessions Stepp, April 30, 1990
Pastor George Stallings gestures with fingers pointing up as he preaches
Stallings builds a black church far from Rome, The Washington Post, third of a series with Laura Sessions Stepp, May 1, 1990


Image of chimney remaining after home burns
Deadly Delays: the decline of fire response, Boston Globe series, January 2005
Headline says March Clears Out Prostitution Zone
March clears out prostitution zone; D.C. police criticized after ordering women to walk to Va. line, The Washington Post, with Jeffrey Goldberg, July 26, 1989





Headline says March Clears Out Prostitution Zone
Prostitution zone march becomes a thorn for D.C., The Washington Post, with Jeffrey Goldberg, July 27, 1989







Washington Mayor Marion Barry smiles
Barry a secret investor in Nantucket real estate deal; partnership headed by D.C. developer, The Washington Post, with Sharon LaFraniere, March 10, 1989
Washington Mayor Marion Barry smiles
Developer Cohen plays for high stakes with 2 D.C. projects, The Washington Post, March 12, 1989


Outside view of Tennessee Aquarium brick building with two triangular spires
Jack Lupton talks about a city and its destiny, The Chattanooga Times, January 27, 1986






Helicopter hovers over river with overturned church bus submerged
Survivors of flood learned fear, faith and real friendship, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 19, 1987
Helicopter hovers over river with overturned church bus submerged
As river recedes, searchers find the bodies of its victims, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 19, 1987
Abortion protestor holding small cross
Both sides from the inside, Mother Jones, November/December 1993

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