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Bill Dedman

Bill Dedman
Born (1960-10-14) October 14, 1960
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Residence Connecticut
Alma mater
  • Journalist, author
Employer Newsday
  • Michael V. Carlisle
  • InkWell Management
  • 521 Fifth Avenue, 26th Floor
  • New York, NY 10175
Spouse(s) Pam Belluck (journalist, author)
Harold Dedman, (attorney)
Empty Mansions, by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. | Official Website

Bill Dedman (born 1960) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, an investigative reporter, and co-author of the No. 1 bestselling book Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.[3]

In 1989, Dedman received the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for The Color of Money, a series of articles in Bill Kovach's Atlanta Journal-Constitution on racial discrimination by banks and other mortgage lenders in middle-income black neighborhoods.

While working for NBC News as an investigative reporter, Dedman uncovered the case of the reclusive copper heiress Huguette Clark in 2010, documenting her life in a series of reports on and The Today Show.[4] Dedman and Clark's cousin, Paul Clark Newell, Jr., co-wrote the nonfiction book "Empty Mansions" about Clark and her father, the Gilded Age industrialist William A. Clark. Published September 10, 2013, by Ballantine Books, Empty Mansions debuted at No. 4 on The New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover nonfiction, and was the No. 1 bestselling nonfiction e-book in America.[5][6][7] Hollywood writer-director Ryan Murphy has optioned Empty Mansions for a feature film.[8]

From 2006 to 2014 he was an investigative reporter for NBC News and, formerly known as, uncovering stories including firefighter deaths from faulty equipment, hidden visitor logs at the Obama White House, and the coercive interrogations at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

In September 2014, he joined Newsday, the daily newspaper on Long Island, N.Y., as a senior writer.[9]

Life and career

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dedman grew up in neighboring Red Bank, Tennessee. He graduated from the Baylor School in Chattanooga, and attended Washington University in St. Louis.

He started in journalism at age 16 as a copy boy at The Chattanooga Times. He was a newspaper reporter for the The Daily Star-Journal in Warrensburg, Missouri; newspapers in Chattanooga and Knoxville; and for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. He was the first director of computer-assisted reporting for The Associated Press, and has written for The New York Times.

Dedman has taught advanced reporting as an adjunct lecturer at Investigative Reporters and Editors. He also created Power Reporting, a web site of databases to assist journalists in research.

He is married to health and science reporter Pam Belluck of The New York Times.[10]


  1. ^ Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners.  
  2. ^ Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.  
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External links

  • Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American FortuneWebsite for .
  • profile of Dedman.
  • , September 10, 2013Empty Mansions video of interview with Dedman on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
  • , December 31, 2013Empty Mansions interview with Dedman on Authorlink.
  • , September 12, 2013Empty Mansions interview with Dedman on Reuters.
  • , January 4, 2014Empty Mansions video of interview with Dedman on TV Santa Barbara.


  • The Color of Money, Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 1–5, 1988.
  • "Why taxpayers will bail out the rich when the next storm hits",, first of a series, February 18, 2014.
  • "Pentagon unit held 'phony' ceremonies for MIAs, using planes that can't fly",, October 10, 2013.
  • "Wind, flames, Our Fathers: The inside story of Breezy Point's terrible night",, November 1, 2012.
  • "The Clarks: an American story of wealth, scandal and mystery",, series beginning February 26, 2010.
  • "New anti-terror weapon: Hand-held lie detector",, April 9, 2008.
  • "Late inspections of bridges put travelers at risk",, first of a series, January 30, 2008.
  • "Reading Hillary Rodham's hidden thesis",, March 2, 2007.
  • "Journalists dole out cash to politicians (quietly)",, June 21, 2007.
  • "Flaws found in firefighters' last line of defense",, first of a series, February 5, 2007.
  • "CDC's fire investigation unit: the 'No Go Team'",, second of a series, February 6, 2007.
  • "Gitmo interrogations spark battle over tactics",, first of a series, October 23, 2006.
  • "Can the '20th hijacker' of Sept. 11 stand trial?",, second of a series, October 24, 2006.
  • "Deadly Delays": Fire Response series on firefighters taking longer to get to fires, Boston Globe, 2005.
  • Speed Trap: Who gets a ticket, who gets a break?, series on racial profiling by police, Boston Globe, 2003-2004.
  • Deadly Lessons: School shooters tell why, PDF file, series on Secret Service study of school shootings, Chicago Sun-Times, 2000.
  • A Nostalgic Celebration in Glenn's Town, The New York Times, October 30, 1998.
  • Fan Snaring No. 62 Faces Big Tax Bite, The New York Times, September 7, 1998.
  • March Clears Out Prostitution Zone; D.C. Police Criticized After Ordering Women to Walk to Va. Line, The Washington Post, July 26, 1989.
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