Richard Behar

Richard Behar

Overview
Richard Behar is an award-winning American
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 investigative journalist who has written on the staffs of leading magazines including Forbes
Forbes
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, Time
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and Fortune
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over a 22-year period from 1982-2004. His work has also appeared on CNN
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 and PBS
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. As of July 2005, Behar coordinates Project Klebnikov
Project Klebnikov
Project Klebnikov is a global media alliance dedicated to investigating the July 2004 murder of journalist Paul Klebnikov and other subjects. The organization's goals also include investigating cases of other journalists killed in Russia, continuing Klebnikov's legacy of investigative journalism,...

, a global media
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 alliance launched to investigate the Moscow murder of Forbes editor Paul Klebnikov
Paul Klebnikov
Paul Klebnikov was a Russian-American journalist and historian of Russian history. He worked for Forbes Magazine for over 10 years and at the time of his death was Chief editor of the Russian edition. His murder in Moscow in 2004 was seen as a blow against investigative journalism in Russia...

 and related lines of inquiry.
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Quotations

I stand here before you in absolute awe of the fact that Congressman Ryan, Patricia's father, gave his life in an attempt to rescue victims from another dangerous cult. Looking at the politicians who serve in our Congress today, should make everyone realize what a rare man Leo Ryan was. I greatly admire him. ––Richard Behar, 1992 Conference, (OLD) Cult Awareness Network

Encyclopedia
Richard Behar is an award-winning American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 investigative journalist who has written on the staffs of leading magazines including Forbes
Forbes
Forbes is an American publishing and media company. Its flagship publication, the Forbes magazine, is published biweekly. Its primary competitors in the national business magazine category are Fortune, which is also published biweekly, and Business Week...

, Time
Time (magazine)
Time is an American news magazine. A European edition is published from London. Time Europe covers the Middle East, Africa and, since 2003, Latin America. An Asian edition is based in Hong Kong...

and Fortune
Fortune (magazine)
Fortune is a global business magazine published by Time Inc. Founded by Henry Luce in 1930, the publishing business, consisting of Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated, grew to become Time Warner. In turn, AOL grew as it acquired Time Warner in 2000 when Time Warner was the world's largest...

over a 22-year period from 1982-2004. His work has also appeared on CNN
CNN
Cable News Network is a U.S. cable news channel founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. Upon its launch, CNN was the first channel to provide 24-hour television news coverage, and the first all-news television channel in the United States...

 and PBS
Public Broadcasting Service
The Public Broadcasting Service is an American non-profit public broadcasting television network with 354 member TV stations in the United States which hold collective ownership. Its headquarters is in Arlington, Virginia....

. As of July 2005, Behar coordinates Project Klebnikov
Project Klebnikov
Project Klebnikov is a global media alliance dedicated to investigating the July 2004 murder of journalist Paul Klebnikov and other subjects. The organization's goals also include investigating cases of other journalists killed in Russia, continuing Klebnikov's legacy of investigative journalism,...

, a global media
Mass media
Mass media refers collectively to all media technologies which are intended to reach a large audience via mass communication. Broadcast media transmit their information electronically and comprise of television, film and radio, movies, CDs, DVDs and some other gadgets like cameras or video consoles...

 alliance launched to investigate the Moscow murder of Forbes editor Paul Klebnikov
Paul Klebnikov
Paul Klebnikov was a Russian-American journalist and historian of Russian history. He worked for Forbes Magazine for over 10 years and at the time of his death was Chief editor of the Russian edition. His murder in Moscow in 2004 was seen as a blow against investigative journalism in Russia...

 and related lines of inquiry. Since 2004, his freelance investigative reports have also appeared in BBC News
BBC News
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, Forbes, FoxNews.com and Fast Company magazine. In December 2008 he was commissioned by Random House to write a book about Bernard Madoff.

Education and career


Behar was born in Manhattan
Manhattan
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, raised on Long Island
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, and 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
Organized crime
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 and the business backgrounds of politician
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s for Time, for whom Behar wrote a widely acclaimed 1993 cover story on the World Trade Center
World Trade Center
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 bombing.

In 1991, he wrote "The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power
The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power
"The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power" is an article, written in 1991 by U.S. investigative journalist Richard Behar, which is highly critical of Scientology. It was first published by Time magazine on May 6, 1991, as an eight-page cover story, and was later published in Reader's Digest in October...

", a Time cover story on Scientology
Scientology
Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by science fiction and fantasy author L. Ron Hubbard , starting in 1952, as a successor to his earlier self-help system, Dianetics...

. The acclaimed article won several awards. The Church of Scientology
Church of Scientology
The Church of Scientology is an organization devoted to the practice and the promotion of the Scientology belief system. The Church of Scientology International is the Church of Scientology's parent organization, and is responsible for the overall ecclesiastical management, dissemination and...

 brought several lawsuits over the article, all of which were eventually dismissed. While investigating the story, he experienced some of Scientology's Fair Game
Fair Game (Scientology)
The term Fair Game is used to describe policies and practices carried out by the Church of Scientology towards people and groups it perceives as its enemies. Founder L. Ron Hubbard established the policy in the 1960s, in response to criticism both from within and outside his organization...

 tactics:
I later learned, a copy of my personal credit report -- with detailed information about my bank accounts, home mortgage, credit-card payments, home address and Social Security number -- had been illegally retrieved from a national credit bureau called Trans Union. The sham company that received it, "Educational Funding Services" of Los Angeles, gave as its address a mail drop a few blocks from Scientology's headquarters. The owner of the mail drop is a private eye named Fred Wolfson, who admits that an Ingram associate retained him to retrieve credit reports on several individuals. Wolfson says he was told that Scientology's attorneys "had judgments against these people and were trying to collect on them." He says now, "These are vicious people. These are vipers." Ingram, through a lawyer, denies any involvement in the scam. ... After that, however, an attorney subpoena
Subpoena
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ed me, while another falsely suggested that I might own shares in a company I was reporting about that had been taken over by Scientologists (he also threatened to contact the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission). A close friend in Los Angeles received a disturbing telephone call from a Scientology staff member seeking data about me -- an indication that the cult may have illegally obtained my personal phone records. Two detectives contacted me, posing as a friend and a relative of a so-called cult victim, to elicit negative statements from me about Scientology. Some of my conversations with them were taped, transcribed and presented by the church in affidavit
Affidavit
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s to TIME's lawyers as "proof" of my bias against Scientology.


A 2003 report by Behar in Fortune explored Donald Rumsfeld's
Donald Rumsfeld
Donald Henry Rumsfeld is an American politician and businessman. Rumsfeld served as the 13th Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977 under President Gerald Ford, and as the 21st Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2006 under President George W. Bush. He is both the youngest and the oldest person to...

 role in helping North Korea
North Korea
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea , , is a country in East Asia, occupying the northern half of the Korean Peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Pyongyang. The Korean Demilitarized Zone serves as the buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea...

 build its potential Nuclear weapon
Nuclear weapon
A nuclear weapon is an explosive device that derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions, either fission or a combination of fission and fusion. Both reactions release vast quantities of energy from relatively small amounts of matter. The first fission bomb test released the same amount...

 capacity, in an article entitled "Rummy’s North Korea Connection: What Did Donald Rumsfeld Know About ABB’s
Asea Brown Boveri
ABB is a Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, and best known for its robotics. ABB operates mainly in the power and automation technology areas. It ranked 143rd in Forbes Ranking ....

 Deal to Build Nuclear Reactors
Nuclear reactor
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 There? And Why Won’t He Talk About It?" Behar is the only known journalist to have read the classified Phoenix Memo
Phoenix Memo
The Phoenix memo is a letter sent to FBI headquarters on July 10, 2001 by FBI special agent Kenneth Williams recommending the assembling of a worldwide listing of civil aviation schools...

, the infamous pre-9/11 FBI document which warned the FBI about Osama bin Laden supporters enrolling in flight-training schools across the country.

In October 2004, Behar left Time, Inc. to pursue book writing and various independent projects, including the launch of Project Klebnikov
Project Klebnikov
Project Klebnikov is a global media alliance dedicated to investigating the July 2004 murder of journalist Paul Klebnikov and other subjects. The organization's goals also include investigating cases of other journalists killed in Russia, continuing Klebnikov's legacy of investigative journalism,...

, a global media alliance investigating the July, 2004, murder of Paul Klebnikov
Paul Klebnikov
Paul Klebnikov was a Russian-American journalist and historian of Russian history. He worked for Forbes Magazine for over 10 years and at the time of his death was Chief editor of the Russian edition. His murder in Moscow in 2004 was seen as a blow against investigative journalism in Russia...

, who was then the editor-in-chief of Forbes Russia. Behar also serves on the advisory committee of New York University
New York University
New York University is a private, nonsectarian research university based in New York City. NYU's main campus is situated in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan...

's business journalism Master's program (BER).

In December 2008 he was commissioned by Random House to write a book about Bernard Madoff
Bernard Madoff
Bernard Lawrence "Bernie" Madoff is a former American businessman, stockbroker, investment advisor, and financier. He is the former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, and the admitted operator of a Ponzi scheme that is considered to be the largest financial fraud in U.S...

.

Recognition


Behar was included among the 100 best business journalists (the "100 luminaries") of the 20th century by the TJFR business journalism trade group.

In 1999, investigative columnist Jack Anderson, a pioneer of modern investigative reporting, called Behar "one of the most dogged of our watchdogs."

Awards


Behar has won more than 20 awards for his reporting, including:
  • Four awards in recognition of his 1991 story for Time about Scientology:
  1. Gerald Loeb Award
    Gerald Loeb Award
    The Gerald Loeb Award, also referred to as the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, is a recognition of excellence in journalism, especially in the fields of business, finance and the economy. The award was established in 1957 by Gerald Loeb, a founding partner of...

     for distinguished business and financial journalism (1992)
  2. Conscience-in-Media Award
    Conscience-in-Media Award
    The Conscience-in-Media Award is presented by the American Society of Journalists and Authors to journalists that the society deems worthy of recognition for their distinctive contributions. The award is not given out often, and is awarded to those journalists which the ASJA feels have...

     from the American Society of Journalists and Authors
    American Society of Journalists and Authors
    The American Society of Journalists and Authors was founded in 1948 as the Society of Magazine Writers, and is an organization of independent nonfiction writers in the United States...

     (1992) "for singular commitment to the highest principles of journalism at notable personal cost"
  3. Worth Bingham Prize
    Worth Bingham Prize
    The Worth Bingham Prize, also referred to as the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting, is an annual journalism award which honors: "newspaper or magazine investigative reporting of stories of national significance where the public interest is being ill-served."- About the Prize :The...

     (1992)
  4. Leo J. Ryan Award
    Leo J. Ryan Award
    The Leo J. Ryan Award was established by the Leo J. Ryan Education Foundation in honor of Congressman Leo J. Ryan; the only United States Congressman to be killed in the line of duty. He was assassinated in Guyana, while investigating Jonestown and The Peoples Temple. Ryan was posthumously awarded...

    • George Polk Award (twice): One for his 1995 story about the strong-arm tactics used by the Allstate Insurance
      Allstate
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       Co. against its own employees; a second Polk for a 2008 story about China's activities in sub-Saharan Africa
    • Business Journalist of the Year Award from the City of London Corporation for exposes about counterfeiting in China and organized crime in Russia's aluminum industry
    • Daniel Pearl
      Daniel Pearl
      Daniel Pearl was an American journalist who was kidnapped and killed by Al-Qaeda.At the time of his kidnapping, Pearl served as the South Asia Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, and was based in Mumbai, India. He went to Pakistan as part of an investigation into the alleged links between...

       Award for post-9/11 journalism
    • 2002 Morton Frnak Award, Overseas Press Club
      Overseas Press Club
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       for post-9/11 journalism in Pakistan
      Pakistan
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    • 2008 Ed Cunningham Award, Overseas Press Club
      Overseas Press Club
      The Overseas Press Club of America was founded in 1939 in New York City by a group of foreign correspondents. The wire service reporter Carol Weld was a founding member...

       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 aftermath."
    • 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 expose on China's business activities in sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Fortune was awarded the National Magazine Award
      National Magazine Award
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       for public interest for two articles written by Behar on organized crime's influence in the garbage-hauling industry (1997)
    • 2008 George Polk Award for articles in Fast Company

External links



  • RichardBehar.com - Richard Behar's official home page
  • ProjectKlebnikov.org - 'The global media alliance investigating the July 9th, 2004 murder of Paul Klebnikov, the editor-in-chief of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine'
  • LermaNet.com - 'Leo Award Winner Richard Behar at CAN Conference 1992'
  • NewsBios.com - 'Richard Behar'
  • Acceptance Speech, for Leo J. Ryan award
  • "Fuzzy, But Fervent", in "The Winds of Werner", by Richard Behar and Ralph King, Jr., originally published in Forbes, November 18, 1985: 44; rpt. in rickross.com, accessed August 27, 2006. (An article about The Hunger Project
    The Hunger Project
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     and Werner Erhard
    Werner Erhard
    Werner Hans Erhard is an author of transformational models and applications for individuals, groups, and organizations...

    .)