Gary Weiss '75
Class of 1975
Gary Weiss is a veteran investigative reporter, author and columnist.
He began his career as a reporter for the Hartford Courant, moved to Washington as a writer and editor for small news services, and returned to New York as a staff writer for Barron’s.
As a longtime senior writer at BusinessWeek, he was responsible for articles ranged from profiles of financiers, such as George Soros and Edmond Safra, to award-winning articles on stock fraud, online scams and organized crime.
His Mafia stories, in particular his 1996 cover story “The Mob on Wall Street,” were praised by FBI director Louis Freeh, who wrote in a letter published in BW: "Gary Weiss has done our nation an invaluable service by reporting the manipulation of the stock market by elements of organized crime… he opened the door for FBI investigations in Florida and in New York, and for that we owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude."
At Condé Nast Portfolio, where Weiss was a contributing editor, he wrote profiles of Wall Street titans such as John Paulson, Vikram Pandit and John Thain, explored the Bernard Madoff scam, and wrote two major features on Timothy Geithner.
His freelance work has appeared in numerous publications, including Bloomberg View, Barron’s, Parade, The Daily Beast, Money, Fortune.com, Forbes.com, and The New York Times. He was a weekly columnist for TheStreet, Salon and Portfolio.com, and has written essays for Tablet and the National Review. His pieces for Columbia Journalism Review have examined the media’s disdain for the working class and the perils of calling President Trump “a liar.”
He is a charter member of the Project Klebnikov reporting collective, created after the death in Russia of Paul Klebnikov, the Forbes Moscow bureau chief. He was co-founder of The Mideast Reporter, an investigative news project focusing on the Middle East. He was an adjunct professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, 2011 to 2013.
He is the author of Born to Steal (Grand Central, 2003), an exploration of the mob’s takeover of microcap brokerages, the muckraking Wall Street Versus America (Portfolio, 2006) and Ayn Rand Nation (St. Martin's Press, 2012), which probed Rand’s influence on U.S. politics.
Weiss was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, attended public schools, and graduated from City College and the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. He lives in New York City.