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David Cay JohnstonDavid Cay Johnston
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and best-selling author

David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and best-selling author, is board president of the 4,200-member Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE).

Johnston began teaching at Syracuse Law in 2009, after retiring from The New York Times in 2008. Johnston teaches “Property and Tax from Ancient Athens to America,” a course on the history and principles of tax and property law, and a course on the history of the regulation of trade and commerce.

Best known for his coverage of how the tax system actually works, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001, Johnston also wrote groundbreaking news stories that revealed Enron did not pay taxes, that some companies use a Bermuda mail box to escape American taxes, and exposed political spying and brutality by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Johnston’s latest investigative book, The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use ‘Plain English’ to Rob You Blind, published in September 2012, completed his trilogy on the American economy. First came Perfectly Legal, a national best seller on the U.S. tax system that won the 2004 Investigative Book of the Year award, followed by Free Lunch, also an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

His first book was Temples of Chance, a 1992 expose of the casino industry.

Early in 2014, an anthology he is editing will be published under the title “DIVIDED: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality.”

Johnston is a columnist for Tax Analysts and the Columbia Journalism Review, He also writes for Newsweek/TheDailyBeast, Salon and other publications and is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNN and other broadcast outlets.


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