Greg Palast is the investigative journalist and author who broke the story of how Jeb Bush purged thousands of Black Florida citizens from voter rolls before the 2000 election, thereby handing the White House to his brother George W. Bush.
His reports on the theft of the 2000 and 2004 US elections, the spike of the FBI investigations of the bin Ladens before September 11, the secret State Department documents planning the seizure of Iraq’s oil fields have won him a record six Project Censored awards for reporting the news American media doesn’t want you to hear.
Palast turned his skills to journalism after two decades as a top investigator of corporate fraud. He directed the U.S. governmentʼs largest racketeering case in history– winning a $4.3 billion jury award. He also conducted the investigation of fraud charges in the Exxon Valdez grounding. Following the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Palast set off on a five-continent undercover investigation of BP and the oil industry for British televisionʼs top current affairs program, Dispatches.
He returned to America to report for Harper’s Magazine. Palast’s Sam Spade style television and print exposés about financial vultures, election manipulations, War on Terror and globalization, are seen on BBC’s Newsnight and Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now!
Palast, who has led investigations for governments on three continents also has an academic side: the author of ‘Democracy and Regulation, a seminal treatise on energy corporations and government control’ was commissioned by the United Nations based on his lectures at Cambridge University and the University of São Paulo.
Beginning in the 1970s, having earned his degree in finance at the University of Chicago studying under Milton Friedman and free-trade luminaries, Palast went on to challenge their vision of a New Global Order, working for the United Steelworkers of America, the Enron workers’ coalition in Latin America and consumer and environmental groups worldwide. In 1998 Palast went undercover for Britain’s Observer, worked his way inside the prime minister’s inner circle and busted open Tony Blair’s biggest scandal, “Lobbygate,” chosen by Palast’s press colleagues in the UK as “Story of the Year.” As the Chicago Tribune said, Palast became a “fanatic about documents–especially those marked “secret and confidential” from the locked file cabinets of the FBI, the World Bank, the US State Department and other closed-door operations of government and industry–which regularly find their way into his hands. The inside information he obtained on Rev. Pat Robertson won him a nomination as Britain’s top business journalist. “An American hero,” said Martin Luther King III. In the BBC documentary, Bush Family Fortunes, Palast exposed George Bush Jr.’s dodging the Vietnam War draft.
• George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award (for BBC documentary, Bush Family Fortunes)
• Patron of the Philosophical Society, Trinity College (an award previously given to Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift)
• The Financial Times David Thomas Prize
• Nominated for Business Journalist of the Year 1998 (UK)
• Politics Story of the Year on Salon.com 2001
• The Upton Sinclair Freedom of Expression Award from The American Civil Liberties Union
• George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award: Freedom Cinema Fest at The Sundance Film Festival
• Guerilla News Network’s Reporter of the Year
• The Peace and Justice Award -Office of the Americas
• Path Breaking Investigative Journalism Award–Long Island Progressive Coalition
• National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, Book Category, First Place.
“Palast upsets all the right people” -Noam Chomsky
“Palast’s stories bite. They’re so relevant they threaten to alter history. Palast is exactly what a journalist is supposed to be – a truth hound, doggedly independent, undaunted by power.” -Chicago Tribune
“The top investigative journalist in the United States is persona non grata in his own country’s media.” -Asia Times