David Burnham

Monday, February 27, 2006

David Burnham — a writer, investigative reporter and researcher — is the
co-founder and co-director of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse and
an associate research professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public

TRAC, a data-gathering and distribution organization associated with the
university, began operating in 1989. Concrete government information, much of
its obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, has been central to Burnham's work
as both a reporter and a researcher.

He started as a reporter in 1958, working for UPI, Newsweek, CBS News and
other organizations. From 1968 to 1986, he was an investigative reporter with The New York Times in New York and Washington. He has written three books and
numerous magazine articles. His most recent book, Above the Law: Secret
Deals, Political Fixes, and Other Misadventures of the U.S. Department of
was published in January 1996 by Scribner. His investigative book on
the Internal Revenue Service — A Law Unto Itself: Power, Politics and the
— was published in 1990 by Random House. A third book, The Rise of the
Computer State,
was published in 1984.

Over the years, Burnham has received a number of professional honors,
including the George Polk Award for Community Service, Long Island University,
1968; the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, 1987; the Best Investigative
Book of 1990, Investigative Reporters and Editors, 1990; and the Rockefeller
Foundation Fellowship, Bellagio, Italy, 1992. In 2003, he was awarded an
honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters from the John Jay College of
Criminal Justice.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.