New York, NY — Wayne Barrett, who began writing a weekly political column for the Village Voice in January 1978, and has been a staff writer or senior editor at the paper, is celebrating his 30-year anniversary at the paper.
Barrett writes investigative features, specializing in city, state and national politics. He got an M.S. from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 1968 and received a Certificate in Inter-racial Reporting as part of a post-degree program at Columbia in 1973. Wayne now teaches at Columbia, acting as an advisor on master’s investigative projects for the Stabile Investigative Program. He’s also taught “Local Political Reporting” and “The Investigative Project” courses at the school, and an investigative reporting class at Hunter College.
Barrett has written two books on Rudolph Giuliani. The most recent, coauthored with Dan Collins, is Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11, which was published by Harper Collins in August 2006 and released in paperback in July 2007. In 2000, he wrote RUDY! An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Giuliani, which was released as a made-for-TV motion picture starring James Woods. He’s also written two other books for Harper Collins — the critically acclaimed City for Sale, a chronicle of the Koch administration’s scandals, and Trump: The Deals and the Downfall, a biography of Donald Trump.
In 1990 Barrett won the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Alumni Award, and the News Analysis Award of the Silurian Society, an association of New York City journalists. Other awards include certificates of merit in 1994 and 1999 for Best News Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists (NYC Chapter), and recognition from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies in 1999 for Best Political Column/Commentary. In addition to writing for the Voice, he has been published in New York magazine, The American Prospect, The Nation, Talk magazine, The New York Daily News, and other publications. He was the narrator for a documentary called Giuliani Time, and has appeared hundreds of times on New York and national television news programs.
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