Diana B. Henriques, an award-winning financial journalist, is the author of The Wizard of Lies, the New York Times bestseller about the Bernie Madoff scandal, and three other books on business history. A writer for The New York Times since 1989, she has largely specialized in investigative reporting on white-collar crime, market regulation and corporate governance. Since January 2012, she has been a contributing writer at the paper and has written for a variety of other outlets, including Forbes magazine.
Ms. Henriques was a member of The New York Times reporting teams that were Pulitzer finalists for their coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and the aftermath of the Enron scandals. She was also a member of a team that won a 1999 Gerald Loeb Award for covering the near-collapse of Long Term Capital Management, a hedge fund whose troubles rocked the financial markets in September 1998. And she was one of four reporters honored in 1996 by the Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism society, for a series on how wealthy Americans legally sidestep taxes.
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Ms. Henriques widened her focus to work with her colleague at The Times, David Barstow, in covering the management of billions of dollars in charity and victim assistance as part of the paper’s award-winning section, “A Nation Challenged.” She also chronicled the fate of Cantor Fitzgerald, the Wall Street firm that suffered the largest death toll in the World Trade Center attacks.
But she is proudest of her 2004 series exposing the exploitation of American military personnel by financial service companies. Her work prompted legislative reform and cash reimbursements for tens of thousands of defrauded service members, drawing recognition and thanks from military lawyers and families across the country. For that series, she was a Pulitzer finalist in 2005 and received a George Polk Award, Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Worth Bingham Prize.
Born in Texas but raised mostly in Roanoke, Va., Ms. Henriques is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of what is now the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington. Besides her book on the Madoff scandal, Ms. Henriques is also the author of Fidelity’s World and The White Sharks of Wall Street, both published by Scribner’s, and The Machinery of Greed, published by Lexington Books.
Ms. Henriques has been awarded a Ferris visiting professorship in writing at Princeton University for the 2012-2013 academic year and is a frequent guest lecturer for business journalism classes and workshops elsewhere. In 2003, she was elected to the board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and in 2011, she was elected to the board of trustees of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
She and her husband live in Hoboken, N.J.