Stephen Handelman
United States

Stephen Handelman, United States/Canada, is the executive editor of The Crime Report, the U.S.'s only online investigative news & resources site for criminal justice. He is also the director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College in New York, where he focuses on criminal justice investigative journalism. He is also the host of Criminal Justice Matters, a monthly discussion show on CUNY TV (a public New York channel).Handelman was previously a columnist for TIME magazine, The Spectator (London) and a prizewinning senior foreign correspondent and investigative journalist for The Toronto Star, where he wrote extensively on Russian organized crime and trans-national crime. Handelman was the Star‘s Moscow bureau chief for five years and before that served six years as bureau chief in the paper’s London office.Between 2006 and 2017, Handelman was the consulting manager editor for Americas Quarterly.  The Economist called his 1995 book, Comrade Criminal: Russia’s New Mafiya, the first full-length study of Russia’s criminal network. After interviewing Russian racketeers, gunmen, politicians, former dissidents, and new millionaires, he linked Russian hit men to fatal crimes in London and discovered that there were about 30 million unregistered firearms circulating in the former Soviet states.Handelman is a frequent radio and television commentator on organized crime in post-Soviet Russia.Handelman and Ken W. Alibek wrote Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World - Told from the Inside by the Man Who Ran It in 1999, and Handelman, together with Susan Will and David C. Brotherton, edited an anthology of essays How They Got Away With It: White Collar Criminals and the Financial Meltdown in 2013.

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