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."
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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