Newsweek, Vanity Fair
Kurt Eichenwald is senior writer with Newsweek, a contributing editor with Vanity Fair, and the New York Times bestselling author of four non-fiction books. At Newsweek, he wrote innumerable investigative pieces for the 2016 election including many about Donald Trump. At Vanity Fair he has written about both business and politics.
A senior writer and investigative reporter with the New York Times for almost two decades, Eichenwald wrote about a range of topics, including corporate ethics and fraud, economics and corporate finance, healthcare, and Osama bin Laden’s financial network. He was the lead reporter for the Times on virtually every major scandal to emerge from the world of business, including Enron, WorldCom, Drexel Burnham and scores of others.
All of his books have been national bestsellers. His first, Serpent on the Rock, about the Prudential Securities scandals, was published in 1995. His second book, The Informant: A True Story, was published in 2000. The Informant was a finalist for a J. Anthony Lukas Prize and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Book Award, and was deemed by the New York Times Book Review as “one of the best non-fiction books of the last decade.” The movie version of The Informant, starring Matt Damon and directed by Stephen Soderbergh, was released by Warner Brothers in September, 2009. In 2010, the Wall Street Journal ranked The Informant as the best scandal book of all time.
His third book, Conspiracy of Fools, about the Enron scandal, was an instant New York Times bestseller, and was also a finalist for a Lukas Prize as well as for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Mr. Eichenwald’s fourth book, 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars, is a narrative non-fiction depiction of the War on Terror, was published in 2012. The book takes readers into the inner sanctums of the White House, the CIA, the Pentagon, al Qaeda, Guantanamo, secret prisons and foreign intelligence services.
Eichenwald is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for his reporting, and is also a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has received numerous other honors for his work, including the Payne Award for Journalistic Ethics and the SABEW Award for business enterprise reporting. He has also been a finalist for a Michael Kelley Award and a three-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award.