RICHARD BEHAR is an American investigative journalist . Since 2012,
he has been the Contributing Editor of Investigations for Forbes
magazine. From 1982 to 2004, he wrote on the staffs of
Forbes , Time
and Fortune . Behar's work has also been featured on
CNN , PBS ,
FoxNews.com and Fast Company magazine. He coordinates Project
Klebnikov , a media alliance to probe the Moscow murder of Forbes
Paul Klebnikov . He is writing a book about
Bernard Madoff .
Behar is editor of
Mideast Dig .
* 1 Education and career
* 2 Recognition
* 2.1 Awards
* 3 Notes
* 4 External links
EDUCATION AND CAREER
Behar was born to a Jewish family in
Manhattan and raised on Long
Island . He is a 1982 graduate of New York University. Before joining
Time in 1989, he was a reporter and associate editor for Forbes
magazine for six years. He has also worked at the
New York Times as a
researcher and writer. Behar reported extensively about organized
crime and the business backgrounds of politicians for Time, for whom
Behar wrote a 1993 cover story on the World Trade Center bombing.
In 1991, he wrote "
The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power ", a Time
cover story on
Scientology . The acclaimed article won several
awards. The Church of
Scientology brought several lawsuits over the
article, all of which were eventually dismissed. While investigating
the story, he experienced some of Scientology's Fair Game tactics. He
later learned that a copy of his personal credit report, containing
detailed personal information, had been improperly obtained.
A 2003 report by Behar in Fortune explored Donald Rumsfeld\'s role in
North Korea build its potential
Nuclear weapon capacity, in an
article entitled "Rummy’s
North Korea Connection: What Did Donald
Rumsfeld Know About ABB’s Deal to Build Nuclear Reactors There? And
Why Won’t He
Talk About It?" Behar is the only known journalist to
have read the classified
Phoenix Memo , the infamous pre-
document which warned the FBI about Osama bin Laden supporters
enrolling in flight-training schools across the country. Reporting
Pakistan for Fortune magazine and
CNN after 9-11, Behar’s
“The Karachi Connection” broke ground by exposing a logistics
leader of the 9-11 attacks—including his secret travels near the
Afghanistan border just days before the terror attacks. A second
article, "Kidnapped Nation" revealed how radical forces are
undermining Pakistan's economy.
In October 2004, Behar left Time, Inc. to pursue book writing and
various independent projects, including the launch of Project
Klebnikov , a global media alliance investigating the July, 2004,
Paul Klebnikov , who was then the editor-in-chief of Forbes
Russia . Behar also served on the advisory committee of New York
University 's business journalism Master's program (BER), and has long
been reporting and writing a book about Bernard Madoff, to be
published by Simon "> In 1999, columnist Jack Anderson called Behar
"one of the most dogged of our watchdogs."
Behar has won journalism awards, including:
* Four awards in recognition of his 1991 story for Time about
Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial
Conscience-in-Media Award from the American Society of Journalists
and Authors (1992) "for singular commitment to the highest principles
of journalism at notable personal cost"
Worth Bingham Prize (1992)
Cult Awareness Network 's Leo J. Ryan Award
George Polk Award (twice) : One for his 1995 story about the
strong-arm tactics used by the
Allstate Insurance Co. against its own
employees; a second Polk for a 2008 story about China's activities in
* Business Journalist of the Year Award from the City of London
Corporation for articles about counterfeiting in China and organized
crime in Russia's aluminum industry
Daniel Pearl Award for post-
* 2002 Morton Frnak Award,
Overseas Press Club for post-9/11
* 2008 Ed Cunningham Award,
Overseas Press Club for China's
activities in sub-Saharan Africa
* Jack Anderson Award (twice) for "Top Investigative Reporter of the
Year" – 1997 and 1999
* National Headliner Award, as a member of the
Team, for "outstanding continuing coverage of attacks on America and
* SAPA award (Society of Publishers in Asia) for best feature
writing for an in-depth account of the royal family of Brunei
* "Best of the Best" award in 2009 from the Society of American
Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), for an article on China's
business activities in sub-Saharan Africa.
* Fortune was awarded the
National Magazine Award for public
interest for two articles written by Behar on organized crime's
influence in the garbage-hauling industry (1997)
George Polk Award for articles in Fast Company
* In 2013, finalist for a Loeb award for a
Forbes magazine article
about Hess Oil's Russian mob problem.
* ^ A B "Contributor: Richard Behar". Forbes.com. Retrieved May 20,
* ^ A B Neyfakh, Leon (December 19, 2008). "Richard Abate on
Building a Better Madoff Book". New York Observer. Retrieved May 20,
* ^ "The
Mideast Dig website". The Mideast Dig. Retrieved September
* ^ Forbes: "There He Goes Again: Egypt\'s Morsi Stuns U.S.
Senators In Meeting With \'Jews-Control-Media\' Slur" by Richard Behar
January 25, 2013 "Next in the big-media batter’s box was the piece
in Forbes, written by a fairly powerless Jew (me) who — it turns out
— controls nothing at the magazine except this blog, just like
hundreds of other journalists with blogs at
Forbes and elsewhere."
* ^ Lindsay, Greg (July 9, 2008). "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, RICHARD
BEHAR, INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST, FAST COMPANY?". Mediabistro.
Retrieved December 25, 2014.
* ^ A B Richard Behar, "Ruined lives. Lost fortunes. Federal
Scientology poses as a religion but really is a ruthless
global scam – and aiming for the mainstream", book rev. of "The
Thriving Cult of Greed and Power,
Time Magazine , May 6, 1991: 50,
rpt. in cs.cmu.edu, accessed May 11, 2007.
* ^ A B C D E "Judge dismisses Church of Scientology\'s $416
million lawsuit against TIME Magazine".
Time Magazine press release
Business Wire . July 16, 1996. Archived from the original on March
24, 2005. Retrieved June 1, 2006.
* ^ Behar, Richard (12 May 2003). "Rummy\'s
North Korea Connection
Donald Rumsfeld know about ABB\'s deal to build nuclear
reactors there? And why won\'t he talk about it?".
CNN Money. Archived
from the original on 22 November 2007.
* ^ Behar, Richard (May 22, 2002). "FBI's 'Phoenix' Memo Unmasked".
Fortune. Missing or empty url= (help )
* ^ A B Richard Behar,
Gary Weiss (March 10, 2015). "How the AP
Botched Its Investigation of Civilian Deaths in the Israel-Hamas War".
The New York Observer . Retrieved November 9, 2015.
* ^ Weiss, Gary (March 31, 2016). "gary-weiss.com: Announcement re
Mideast Dig (formerly "Mideast Reporter")". Retrieved May 20, 2017.
* ^ "Richardbehar.com". Archived from the original on February 27,
2010. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
* ^ Awards history at
American Society of Journalists and Authors .
* ^ Behar, Richard (1992). "Leo Award Winner
Richard Behar at CAN
Conference 1992". (OLD)
Cult Awareness Network conference, Los
Angeles. Richard Behar, acceptance speech, 1992 Leo J. Ryan award.
Retrieved April 25, 2008.
* ^ Henderson, Bob (December 28, 1992). "Hubbard from Pinellas to
St. Petersburg Times . p. 1.
* ^ "The George Polk Awards for Jounalism". Archived from the
original on March 22, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
* ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 29,
2007. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
* ^ "Saja Announces 2003 Journalism Award Winners" (Press release).
Archived from the original on July 7, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
* ^ http://opcofamerica.org/awards/morton-frank-award-2002
* ^ "2003 OPC Award Winners". April 22, 2004. Retrieved May 20,
* ^ http://opcofamerica.org/awards/2008-opc-award-winners Retrieved
May 11, 2010.
* ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 18, 2012.
Retrieved 2017-05-20. Retrieved May 11, 2010.