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Bill Dedman        

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Investigative Reporter for NBC News; Co-Author, "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune"

Investigative reporter Bill Dedman of NBC News is always looking for good story ideas and documents.

Bill uncovered the mystery of the reclusive heiress Huguette Clark, writing a series of reports for NBC News. His nonfiction book on the Clark family, co-written with Huguette's cousin Paul Clark Newell, Jr., published in September 2013 by Ballantine Books, is called "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune."

He has written for about uninspected bridges, problems with firefighter safety equipment, the Obama administration's visitor logs, treatment of detainees at Guantanamo, strategies for discouraging school shootings, and journalists making campaign contributions.

Bill received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for "The Color of Money," articles in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on racial discrimination by mortgage lenders in middle-income neighborhoods. 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.

Bill got his start in journalism at 16 as a copy boy at The Chattanooga Times. He has written for The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and The New York Times, and was the first director of computer-assisted reporting for The Associated Press. Dedman 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.

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May 15, 2014; Denver, CO

I want to express our appreciation to Bill Dedman for doing such a fabulous job last week. We received some of the best reviews of any speaker that we have brought to Denver over the last 11 years. In fact, several attendees indicated that Bill was “our best speaker, so far”. I was not only impressed by Bill’s delivery, knowledge and wit, but his obvious continued fascination with the Clark story. He brought it all to life and helped the audience connect on a surprisingly deep level. The audience was especially appreciative of Bill’s efforts to highlight the estate planning issues.


'Empty Mansions,' About the Heiress Huguette Clark -

The story of how the book “Empty Mansions” came to be, in the words of Bill Dedman, one of its two authors, begins with “an exercise in American aspiration.

Author Bill Dedman Discusses American Ambition, Excess (Audio ...

Bill Dedman, author of "Empty Mansions," discusses the story of Huguette Clark and the spending of a great American fortune. Dedman talks with Bloomberg's ...

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