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Greg Palast: Biography

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Journalist and filmmaker Greg Palast is known for his investigative reports for The Guardian, BBC Television, Rolling Stone and his string of New York Times bestsellers including The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.  Palast will soon release his film, “Vigilantes:  Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitmen.”

“Doggedly independent, undaunted by power. [Palast’s] stories bite, they’re so relevant they threaten to alter history.” — Chicago Tribune

Investigative journalist Palast has broken front-page stories for BBC Television Newsnight, The Guardian, Nation Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine.

Palast is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, Armed Madhouse, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (out as a major non-fiction movie) and the highly acclaimed Vultures’ Picnic,
named Book of the Year 2012 on BBC Newsnight Review.

His books have been translated into two dozen languages.

Palast is known for complex undercover investigations, spanning five continents, from the Arctic to the Amazon, from the Congo to California, using the skills he learned over two decades as an investigator of corporate fraud on behalf of the US Dept of Justice, 20 attorneys general and governments from England to Brazil.

Among his front-page, top-of-the-news award winning stories: 

  • Uncovered the theft of the 2000 US presidential election in Florida (Guardian, BBC, The Nation, Harper’s)
  • Exposure of financial vultures attacking Argentina, Congo and other nations resulting in changes of laws across the globe  (BBC, Guardian)
  • The hidden story of BP’s Deepwater Horizon blow-out (ARTE, Channel 4 TV)
  • The Bush Administration’s secret pre-invasion plans for the oil fields of Iraq (BBC, Harper’s)
  • The US involvement in the attempted coup d’état against Hugo Chavez (BBC, Guardian, Telesur)

Palast, who has led investigations of multi-billion-dollar frauds in the oil, nuclear, power and finance industries for governments on three continents, has an academic side: he is the author of Democracy and Regulation, a seminal treatise on energy corporations and government control, commissioned by the United Nations and based on his lectures at Cambridge University and the University of Sao Paulo.

Beginning in the 1970s, having earned his degree in finance at the University of Chicago studying under Milton Friedman.

Palast is Patron of the Trinity College Philosophical Society, an honor previously held by Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. His writings have won him the Financial Times David Thomas Prize.

Palast won the George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award for his BBC documentary, Bush Family Fortunes, where he exposed George W. Bush dodging the Vietnam War draft.

He has received the “Global Editors Award for Data Journalism” and “International Reporter of the Year” from the Association of Mexican Reporters.

What they’re saying …

“An American hero,” says Martin Luther King III

“The most important investigative reporter or our time,
up there with Woodward and Bernstein” – The Guardian

“Vultures’ Picnic is an eye-opening, heart-pumping, mind-blowing experience that should not, MUST not, be missed.” – Nomi Prins

“[Billionaires & Ballot Bandits is] The Most Terrifying Book a Democrat Could Read”               – Huffington Post

“Greg Palast is investigative journalism at its best. No one has exposed more truth about the Bush Cartel and lived to tell the story.” – Baltimore Chronicle

“Can one reporter change the entire political discourse of the nation?”                                           – The Chicago Reader

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