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Robert Miraldi
Robert Miraldi is an award-winning author, journalist and columnist who has taught at the State University of New York’s College at New Paltz for 30 years. His biography, Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist, wast been published last fall by Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press. It was named one of the 10 best investigative books in America in 2013.

In 2003 his biography, The Pen Is Mightier: The Muckraking Life of Charles Edward Russell, was named the best book in the country in journalism and mass communication.

Miraldi is one of the nation’s foremost experts on investigative reporting. In 1992 he was a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands. He is the author of two books and editor of three others. His writing on the First Amendment has won national awards. He has Ph.D. in American Studies. He teaches classes on media law and press history. He has been named one of America’s outstanding journalism educators.

Entries by Robert Miraldi

Leave Me Alone in My Speedo!

(3) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 12:08 PM

The black and white photograph was taken in 1956; I was six years old. I am standing knee deep in the Atlantic Ocean at a beach on the eastern shore of Staten Island, New York city's southern borough that was so devastated by Hurricane Sandy three years ago. It was...

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Sy Hersh: Old, Cranky and Spot On

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 3:22 PM

The famed and legendary investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh has just done what he has been doing for the past four decades -- given us a view of the world that runs counter to both the official government story and the version told to the American public by...

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February Fantasy: I Can Still Hit!

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 9:24 AM

I was in the middle of the small airport on the Island of St. Martin, getting ready to leave the French-Dutch island after my annual January visit away from the snow and bitter cold of upstate New York. I was debating whether to hit the duty-free liquor store to bring...

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Sy Hersh and Ben Bradlee: Lovers Who Only Danced Together

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 6:09 PM

Bob Woodward, the legendary Watergate reporter, first suggested to me that I speak with his former boss. "Call Ben," he said. And he gave me Ben Bradlee's email address. And soon enough, Bradlee's assistant was in touch and we danced for a few weeks before we hooked up on the...

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The Original Boy of Summer Belongs in Cooperstown

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 8:59 PM

I used to look forward to the end of winter because -- of course -- I was sick of shoveling upstate New York snowfalls. But I also knew it meant that spring training was approaching and I could take out my glove, the one with the baseball stuck in the...

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Obama Choosing the Wrong Enemies

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 4:36 PM

In the winter of 1974, Seymour Hersh, arguably America's greatest investigative reporter, pieced together a story he had been working on for years, developing contacts both in and out of the country's spy agencies. Using a variety of anonymous sources, including perhaps the director of the CIA, Hersh uncovered a...

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Why Isn't the Times a-Changin'?

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 4:56 PM

In the early 1970s, the New York Times was in trouble. Long before the rise of the Internet and the collapse of the American economy, the financial picture of the American newspaper had darkened. The Times needed to make changes. Abe Rosenthal, the paper's executive editor, and his top deputy,...

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What is Mickey Mantle's Signature Worth?

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 1:09 PM

Mickey Mantle sat alone on the bench in a Yankee Stadium dugout. His spiked shoes were crisscrossed, his back slightly slumped, and he appeared grumpy. It was August of 1960. I later learned that he liked to carouse into the wee hours and that he drank too way too much...

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'Troublemaker' Hersh Should Be Welcomed Back

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 4:33 PM

It may be a New Year, but it is the same old Sy Hersh, arguably America's best investigative reporter, who is still sticking his thumb in the eye of power at the age of 76 and exposing what he sees as the abuse of power. "This is why creepy troublemakers...

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A Muckraker and a President Go to the Dark Side

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 1:42 PM

Sy Hersh was a 27-year-old rookie reporter in 1963, working the night shift for the Associated Press, earning $12 a week and living in a rented room in Chicago. A roommate woke him early in the afternoon on November 22: President Kennedy had been assassinated. "I sat there, glum, like...

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Keep Your Mitts Off the Internet

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 11:34 AM

Pick your poison: Do you more object to Big Government or Big Business?

After all, neither of those two institutions gives us much reason these days to be particularly comfortable. And the collision, and need for choice, is staring us in the face when it comes to the Internet...

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The Book Ban Club Still Lives

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 7:39 PM

Seymour Hersh was 49 years old, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and just about every other major award in journalism. He had written four books -- one a best-seller -- and hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. Along with Bob Woodward, he was the most famous investigative reporter in...

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Seymour Hersh: A Man Still on Fire

(9) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

In the fall of 1969, as men walked on the moon and Ted Kennedy's car slipped off a bridge, Sy Hersh, a 32-year-old hard-nosed reporter, was...

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Return to Fantasy Island

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 3:20 PM

My three-year-old grandson, barely able to put together full sentences, somehow understood when I told him we were returning this summer to the New Jersey Shore for a week-long visit to Long Beach Island. What caught his attention was the notion that we would go to an amusement park called...

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Sy Hersh and the Snoopers

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 3:07 PM

The July 25 headline in the New York Times was a simple summary: "Spy Agencies Under Heaviest Scrutiny Since Abuse Scandal of the '70s." The unprecedented and sweeping domestic spying of the National Security Agency had riveted the nation's attention and awakened the sleeping regulatory agencies and the federal courts....

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No Man Is an Island: The 'Outer Borough' and Hurricane Sandy

(4) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 11:24 AM

I spent, in essence, the first 32 years of my life living on Staten Island, where I was born and schooled. When I worked there for more than a decade as a newspaper reporter and college professor, I never thought of us as "the forgotten borough" or even the "outer...

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