Kurt Eichenwald

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Kurt Alexander Eichenwald (born June 28, 1961), an American writer and investigative reporter formerly with The New York Times and later with Condé Nast's business magazine, Portfolio. Eichenwald had been employed by the Times since 1986 and primarily covered Wall Street and corporate topics such as insider trading, accounting scandals, and takeovers, but also wrote about a range of issues including terrorism, the Bill Clinton pardons controversy, Federal health care policy and sexual predators on the Internet. He is the author of three bestselling book, one of which, The Informant, was made into The Informant!, a motion picture.

Shortly after joining Portfolio, information came to light that he had paid a source while employed at the Times, an abused teen turned child pornographer and male prostitute named Justin Berry, payments not disclosed in the reporting he did on Berry. He has since spoken of severe memory problems as a consequence of his epilepsy, citing them as the reason he failed to disclose the payments. Eichenwald later resigned from Portfolio, declining to comment as to why he did so.

Education and early life

He graduated from St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas and Swarthmore College, where he was a founder of Sixteen Feet, an a cappella vocal octet.


During his first months of college, Eichenwald sustained a concussion, which was soon...
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