Selwyn Raab
Selwyn Raab
Selwyn Raab is a longtime investigative reporter, journalist and author who is an expert on the subject of organized crime, particularly in the NYC area.
General Information:
  • crime journalist
  • Author
  • Investigative reporter
  • Organized crime expert
  • Columnist
  • Actor/Screenwriter
  • Years active: 1950's - present
    Date of birth: (1934-06-28) June 28, 1934 (age 83)[1]
    Born in: New York City, New York, U.S.
    Education: City College of New York (1956), B.A. in Journalism
    Criminal record (If any):
    Charges: None / Not applicable
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    Selwyn Raab (born June 28, 1934 in New York City)is an author and former investigative reporter for The New York Times.[2] He has written extensively about the American Mafia.

    Early life and careerEdit

    Raab attended City College of New York where he received a degree in journalism. He then went to work as an investigative journalist for the New York World Telegram & Sun where he became determined to prove the innocence of George Whitmore Jr. who had been falsely accused of the Career Girls Murders. After the closure of the newspaper Raab moved to WNET-13 where he continued working on the case. Raab's research led to Whitmore's exoneration in 1974 and he received a New York Press Club Award for Outstanding Television Journalism for his work on the case.[3]

    In 1974, Raab became a metropolitan staff reporter for The New York Times where he covered crime stories, particularly those that involved the American Mafia. In addition to his newspaper career, Raab has also published several books, including Justice in the Back Room which formed the basis for the CBS television series Kojak.[2][4]


    • 1967 Justice in the Back Room
    • 1994 Mob Lawyer (with Frank Ragano)
    • 2006 Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires

    Awards and honorsEdit


    1. [Birthday reference - Celebrity Mega Birthdays at DavesFunStuff website]
    2. 2.0 2.1 Selwyn Raab. Macmillan. Retrieved on September 2, 2012.
    3. Krawetz, Michael. "Newsman Helps Whitmore Go Free", April 21, 1973. Retrieved on September 2, 2012. 
    4. "The Original Kojak", November 25, 1974. Retrieved on September 2, 2012. 
    5. "7 Awards Given In Journalism Here", May 8, 1971. 
    6. Raab, Selwyn. "McCarthyism and Student Journalism at City College", November 6, 2009. Retrieved on September 2, 2012. 

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