Joe Conason
  • Programs: The Investigative Fund, Fellows

    Joe Conason is a fellow at The Nation Institute and The Investigative Fund's editor-at-large. For 18 years he wrote a weekly political column for the New York Observer, where he formerly served as executive editor, and for 12 years he wrote a weekly column for Salon. He is now editor-in-chief of the National Memo, a daily political newsletter and website. He previously served as investigative editor of the American Prospect, editor-at-large for Condé Nast’s Details, and as a staff writer for the Village Voice. He is the author of several books, including Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth and, with Gene Lyons, The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton, and, most recently, Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton. His writing has appeared in Harpers, Esquire, The Nation, the New Republic, the Guardian, and the New Yorker, among scores of other periodicals.

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Featured Work
  • Romney’s Boca Raton Host
  • Amid the ongoing uproar over Mitt Romney's snooty remarks at a Florida fundraiser concerning the "47 percent" who pay no federal income taxes, the party's high-rolling host hasn't drawn quite the attention as he deserves.

  • Don't Believe the (Union-Busting) Hype
  • Despite the media's attempt to convince its readers that the American public is overwhelmingly in support of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's union-busting tactics, polls show otherwise.

  • Wayne Barrett Joins The Nation Institute
  • Having known Wayne Barrett for more than three decades, a period during which we have been both colleagues and close friends, I can state unequivocally that the investigative reporter who left the Village Voice this week is the most prolific and successful of his generation.

  • What's Holding Up The Zadroga Bill?
  • To understand the depths of shame and cynicism in the partisan stalling of health legislation for 9/11 first responders, it is only necessary to recall how eagerly Republican politicians once rushed to identify themselves with New York City's finest and bravest.

  • Wikileaks, Whistleblowing Website, in Spotlight
  • Until Wikileaks.org posted the horrifying video of an American attack helicopter shooting civilians in Iraq — including two journalists — the pioneering whistleblower website was little known to the general public.

  • Alt Weekly Pioneered Probe of Prius Dangers
  • Alternative weeklies, those hippie outposts of the old print media, often provide an important outlet for investigative stories that are far ahead of their mainstream competitors. The latest example is the exposure of dangerous design flaws in the Toyota Prius...