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Murray Waas
Murray Waas is a writer and an investigative reporter. Most recently, Waas has reported on national security affairs and law enforcement matters.

Most recently, Waas has worked as an investigative reporter for Reuters. Murray Waas has written for Reuters about health care, Wall Street , financial crimes, and congressional ehtics.

Murray Waas also covered the 2012 presidential campaign for the Boston Globe, writing several investigative stories about Mitt Romney's tenure as governor of Massachusetts.

Previously, Murray Waas has been a national correspondent and contributing editor the National Journal and also has contributed reporting for ABC News' investigative unit.

For the National Journal, Waas has reported about the misue of prewar intelligence by then-President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to make the case to go to war (see here, here, and this story by Murray Waas); the criminal investigation relating to the disclosure as to who in the Bush White House leaked identity of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame(see this story by Waas,here, and here) , and the firings of nine U.S. attorneys by the Bush administration.

Waas was in 1993 a winner of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School's Goldsmith Prize. In awarding the Goldsmith Prize to Murray Waas, the judges cited Waas' "series on U.S. government policy toward Iraq".

That same year Waas was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the category of national reporting. The Pulitzer Board cited Waas and reporter Douglas Frantz for “documenting the clandestine effort of the U.S. government to supply money and weapons to Iraq in the 1980′s and up to the weeks before the Gulf War.”

In 2010, Waas was a winner of the Barlett & Steele Award for Investigative Business Reporting from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, for his reporting on the health insurance industry.

In making the award to Waas, the Barlett & Steele judges said: “Reuters and Murray Waas 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. Murray Waas' investigation led to government pressure and an industry-wide change in the practice of dropping health care coverage for patients after they became sick.”

That same year, Waas was a winner of the Society of Business Editors and Writers' or SABEW prize for investigative reporting.

And he has also been a fellow with the Alicia Patterson Foundation, for whom he investigated substandard and life threatening living conditions of institutionalized Americans.

New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen wrote about Murray Waas' work in April, 2006:

"It should be obvious from the work who the Woodward of Now is.... The guy's name is Murray Waas; he's an independent journalist... [who] has been in the game since he was 18...

"By Woodward Now I mean that Murray Waas is the reporter who is actually doing what Woodward has a reputation for doing: finding, tracking, breaking into reportable parts—and then publishing—the biggest story in town. Waas is also putting those parts together for us."

Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz wrote about Waas the following month:

"After a quarter-century in the journalistic shadows, Murray Waas is getting his day in the sun.

"The freelance investigative reporter has racked up a series of scoops. He's been cited by the New York Times columnists Frank Rich and Paul Krugman. And New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen calls Waas the new Bob Woodward.

But Murray Waas -- whose blog is called Whatever, Already -- 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 more time in county courthouses than greenrooms," he says.

(More information about Waas can be found in this profile of him in U.S. News & World Report, and this commentary about his work in Nieman Reports.)

Murray Waas' journalism career began as teenage reporter for the late columnist Jack Anderson. In his twenties, Waas was an investigative correspondent for the Village Voice, where he wrote the cover story for the weekly newspaper more than a dozen times.

Murray Waas has also during his career written for the New Yorker, the Atlantic, (see here and here.) the Los Angeles Times (see here and here), the Boston Globe (see this other story in the Globe by Waas), the Washington Post, ABC News,, (see here, here, here, and here.) the American Prospect, the New York Observer (see this story and this one as well) the New Republic, Harper's, McClatchy newspapers, Talking Points Memo, and National Journal.

His work has been reviewed by the Online Journalism Review, (see also this OJR article on Murray Waas), the American Journalism Review, and the Columbia Journalism Review(and this CJR article about Murray Waas.)

Most recenly, GQ Magazine named Murray Waas as one of four of "The Best Reporters You Don't Know About," saying:

Years of groundbreaking watchdog journalism have resulted in this nickname: the new Bob Woodward. Murray Waas' pieces on the Plame leaks and the U.S. attorney firings inadvertently provided candidates with more ammunition against the current administration than any campaign strategist could hope for."

Waas currently blogs at his personal website and resides in Washington D.C.
His former blog can be found here.

Collections of Murray Waas' articles from previous years can be found here,here, here,here, and at

In the spring of 2007, Waas was the co-editor with Jeff Lomonaco, of the United States v. I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby.

Additional background on Murray Waascan be found here, here, here and here.

Murray Waas can be contacted through his Facebook account, through his Linkedin account, or at

Entries by Murray Waas

The Life That Christina-Taylor Green Would Have Lived

(8) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 3:19 PM

Christina-Taylor Green was nine-years-old when she was killed. The gunman who murdered her and stole her from her family has foreclosed us from knowing what her future would have been otherwise. To contemplate who she should would have become only makes the crime that much more unspeakable, but it seems...

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Insurance Company Must Pay $10 Million For Revoking Policy Of Teen With HIV

(5319) Comments | Posted September 17, 2009 | 10:56 AM

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered an insurance company to pay $10 million for wrongly revoking the insurance policy of a 17-year-old college student after he tested positive for HIV. The court called the 2002 decision by the insurance company "reprehensible."

That appears to be the most an...

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Former U.S. Attorney Condemns Bush White House Interference With Renzi Probe

(186) Comments | Posted August 12, 2009 | 4:43 PM

With the 2006 mid-term congressional elections rapidly approaching, a top aide to Karl Rove warned Harriet Miers that Republican Rep. Rick Renzi's re-election was in serious jeopardy because of rumors that Renzi was the target of a federal criminal investigation.

Later the same day, Miers, then the White House counsel,...

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Former U.S. Attorney condemns Bush White House Interference with Corruption Probe

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2009 | 4:41 PM

With the 2006 mid-term congressional elections rapidly approaching, a top aide to Karl Rove warned Harriett Miers that a Republican congressman's re-election was in serious jeopardy because of rumors that the congressman was the target of a federal criminal investigation.

Later the same day, the-then White House counsel pressed the...

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Torture Memo Author Advocated Presidential Pardons, Jury Nullification

(905) Comments | Posted May 6, 2009 | 2:10 PM

A Bush administration attorney who approved harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects advocated in 2006 that President Bush set aside recommendations by his own Justice Department to bring prosecutions for such practices, that the President should consider pardoning anyone convicted of such offenses, and even that jurors hearing criminal cases...

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Rumsfeld on Detainees: "I Stand for 8-10 Hours a Day. Why is Standing Limited to 4 Hours?"

(6) Comments | Posted April 22, 2009 | 1:10 AM

It was a historic moment. On Dec. 2, 2002, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld signed a memorandum authorizing interrogation techniques against detainees at Guantanamo that the current President of the United States, Barack Obama, has described as "torture."

In a handwritten notation he scrawled at the bottom of the memo,...

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Official Who Lobbied For Saddam Donated Heavily To GOP Committees

(44) Comments | Posted October 31, 2008 | 2:54 PM

John Venners, a Washington D.C. based public relations man who aided an influence effort to ease international economic sanctions against the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, made $40,000 in campaign contributions since 2004 to the Republican House and Senate Campaign Committees, according to public records.

Venners was a partner...

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McCain Transition Chief Aided Saddam In Lobbying Effort

(3346) Comments | Posted October 14, 2008 | 3:49 PM

William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.

The two lobbyists who Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying...

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Former Bush Counselor Dan Bartlett Unloads on Cheney: "Doesn't Do Touchy-Feely" or "Hug Babies"

(208) Comments | Posted September 15, 2008 | 8:05 AM

Washington Post reporter Barton Gelman's book on Dick Cheney is embargoed until Tuesday, although two excerpts have run in the Post on Sunday and Monday. But the publisher is keeping the rest of the book under wraps for a while.

Here is a gem from a still embargoed portion...

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New Justice Department Push To Keep Bush Aides From Testifying

(189) Comments | Posted August 19, 2008 | 12:11 PM

The Justice Department filed papers in court late Monday asking a federal judge to temporarily set aside his own order directing White House officials to testify before Congress about the firings of nine U.S. attorneys.

The filing was in response to a July 31 opinion by U.S. District Court Judge...

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U.S. Attorney Scandal Probe Enters White House Circle

(357) Comments | Posted August 7, 2008 | 3:16 PM

The Justice Department investigation into the firings of nine U.S. attorneys has been extended to encompass allegations that senior White House officials played a role in providing false and misleading information to Congress, according to numerous sources involved in the inquiry.

The widened scope raises the possibility that investigators will...

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Justice Department Subpoenas Its Former Lawyers In Civil Rights Probe

(495) Comments | Posted August 6, 2008 | 1:27 PM

A federal grand jury has subpoenaed several former senior Justice Department attorneys for an investigation into the politicization of the Department's own Civil Rights Division, according to sources close to the investigation.

The extraordinary step by the Justice Department of subpoenaing attorneys once from within its own...

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In Memory of Spc. Nicholas Peters and the Other Boys of Kelly Park

(3) Comments | Posted July 4, 2008 | 1:25 AM

Somerville, Mass, June 28, 2008 --

The rules are simple enough for the kids playing in the stickball tournament this morning in Kelly Park: There are to be three people to a team. There are four innings per game. Two outs per inning. You walk on three balls....

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The Price of Favoritism and Cronyism: Lost Lives and Teenage Suicides

(9) Comments | Posted June 19, 2008 | 12:16 AM

In the broader scheme of things, the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is a fairly obscure agency. By law its core missions are to decrease the disproportional numbers of minority children incarcerated, prevent teenage delinquency, and act to remove children from adult jails, where they...

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Former Aide Contradicts Huckabee Defense Of Rapist's Release

(757) Comments | Posted December 5, 2007 | 5:42 PM

Directly contradicting Mike Huckabee's claims, his former senior aide tells the Huffington Post that, as governor of Arkansas, Huckabee indeed told the state's parole board that he supported the release of a convicted rapist.

The senior aide, Olan W. "Butch" Reeves, personally attended a controversial parole board meeting with Huckabee...

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Documents Expose Huckabee's Role In Serial Rapist's Release

(1346) Comments | Posted December 4, 2007 | 11:18 PM

Little Rock, Ark -- As governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee aggressively pushed for the early release of a convicted rapist despite being warned by numerous women that the convict had sexually assaulted them or their family members, and would likely strike again. The convict went on to rape and murder...

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Justice Department Reopens Probe Into Warrantless Domestic Spying

(42) Comments | Posted November 13, 2007 | 9:42 PM

The Bush administration has reversed course and will now allow a Justice Department inquiry to move forward regarding whether former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other government attorneys acted within the law in authorizing and overseeing the administration's domestic warrantless wiretapping program, the Department informed Congress today.

President Bush had...

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The Ninth Man Out: A Fired U.S. Attorney Tells His Story

(38) Comments | Posted June 4, 2007 | 12:03 PM

The first sign that crimes may have been committed was when the victims no longer felt nauseous and their hair stopped falling out. Also, it wasn't cold going deep into the vein the way it was before. They needed that hurt. And when it was too long in coming, they...

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The Wag Time Pet Spa Conspiracy... And a Cancer Survivor's Right to Respect

(26) Comments | Posted December 21, 2006 | 8:59 PM

As an investigative reporter and independent journalist, I have pursued a career course of independence so as to not be beholden to anyone. A grandiose notion, perhaps, and I will perhaps leave it to others to judge my work against the ideal. But the independence that emboldens

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A Reporter's Bias

(56) Comments | Posted June 26, 2006 | 3:12 AM

On the evening of January 14, 1991, shortly after I had watched the U.S. Senate authorize war against Saddam Hussein for the first time, the Vietnam War Memorial, at other end of the mall, is nearly abandoned. It is a chilly day and there is a soft rain. But then...

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