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Thomas Maier

Thomas Maier, United States, is an award-winning author and investigative journalist for Newsday in New York.

He won the 2002 ICIJ Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting for his investigation into the plight of America’s immigrant workers.

His 2009 book, Masters of Sex, chronicles the lives of researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson and has since been used as the basis for a television series by Showtime. In 2010, Maier won the National Headliners Award for a Newsday documentary/print project investigating the actions of Brookhaven National Lab with nuclear bomb test victims in the Pacific. Maier’s other books include The Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings, a multi-generational history of the Kennedy family and the Irish Catholic immigrant experience in America; Dr. Spock: An American Life, named a “Notable Book of the Year” in 1998 by The New York Times and the subject of a BBC and A&E Biography documentary. In 1994, Maier’s book, Newhouse: All the Glitter, Power and Glory of America’s Richest Media Empire and the Secretive Man Behind It, won the Frank Luther Mott Award by the National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication as best media book of the year. His latest book, When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys, will be published in 2014.

Maier joined Newsday in 1984, after working at the Chicago Sun-Times.

He worked on ICIJ's award-winning Skin and Bones project, which investigated the international trade in human body parts. He’s also won several national and regional honors, including the national Society of Professional Journalists’ top reporting prize in 1987 for an exposé on police and Columbia University’s John M. Patterson Prize for a TV documentary on organized crime.

Read a Q&A with Maier in ICIJ's Secrets of the Masters series of interviews.

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