More Accolades For Murray Waas

Last week, NYU Journalism Professor Jay Rosen wrote that investigative Reporter Murray Wass, who has been a ground-breaking scribe on PlameGate since the beginning, is today's version of Bob Woodward in his Watergate days.

Howard Kurtz lauds Murray today in the Washington Post, writing "After a quarter-century in the journalistic shadows, Murray Waas is getting his day in the sun." Giving a reluctant and rare interview, Murray tells Kurtz:

"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. When journalists are seen as pursuing stories to get "television appearances or million-dollar book contracts, it becomes much more difficult for us to play our role."

Kurtz writes:

Once a teenage legman for columnist Jack Anderson, Waas is intense, speaks just above a whisper, and has a knack for prying information out of prosecutors, as he did during Kenneth Starr's probe of Bill Clinton. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1993, with Douglas Frantz of the Los Angeles Times, for reporting on clandestine U.S. efforts in Iraq. Says Frantz, now the paper's managing editor: "He's a dogged reporter with an amazing capacity to get sensitive documents."

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    Re: More Accolades For Murray Waas (none / 0) (#1)
    by TomStewart on Mon Apr 17, 2006 at 11:17:29 AM EST
    Prying info from Ken Starr? That's like getting credit for breathing in a room full of oxygen! Waas has done standup work here, and his comments about 'courthouses vs greenrooms' is spot on.

    Re: More Accolades For Murray Waas (none / 0) (#2)
    by squeaky on Mon Apr 17, 2006 at 08:52:40 PM EST
    He is a great resource of investigative reporting, I can not imagine life without him. The Plame Affair reporting has been tops. Thank you Murray Waas,