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 BBC, CNN, PBS,
FoxNews.com and Fast Company magazine. He coordinates Project
Klebnikov, a media alliance to probe the Moscow murder of Forbes
editor Paul Klebnikov. He is writing a book about Bernard
Madoff. Behar is editor of Mideast Dig.
1 Education and career
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
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,
murder of 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 & Schuster. The book was initially purchased
by Random House. In 2015, Behar co-wrote an article for the New
York Observer that accused the
Associated Press of improperly
reporting civilian deaths in the 2015 Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.
In 2015, Behar and journalist
Gary Weiss co-founded The Mideast
Reporter, now known as Mideast Dig, a not-for-profit news site and
investigative journalism project. Its aim is to deepen news coverage
of the Middle East. Weiss left the venture in November 2015.
Behar has won more than 20 major journalism awards and honors for his
reporting. Behar was included among the 100 best business journalists
(the "100 luminaries") of the 20th century by the
journalism trade group. 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 journalism
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
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 sub-Saharan
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
Overseas Press Club for post-
2008 Ed Cunningham Award,
Overseas Press Club
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
CNN Investigation Team,
for "outstanding continuing coverage of attacks on America and their
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
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, 2017.
Mideast Dig website". The Mideast Dig. Retrieved September 13,
^ 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 crimes:
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. [Part of "
Special Report (cover
^ a b c d e "Judge dismisses Church of Scientology's $416 million
lawsuit against TIME Magazine".
Time Magazine press release via
Business Wire. July 16, 1996. Archived from the original on March 24,
2005. Retrieved June 1, 2006.
^ Behar, Richard (May 12, 2003). "Rummy's
North Korea Connection What
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 November 22, 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". 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,
^ "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
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
Russia". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1.
^ "The George Polk Awards for Journalism". 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,
^ "2003 OPC Award Winners". April 22, 2004. Retrieved May 20,
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 20, 2012.
Retrieved August 27, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 18, 2012.
Retrieved 2017-05-20. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
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