Lucy Komisar’s beat is the secret underbelly of the global financial system — offshore bank and corporate secrecy — and its links to corporate crime; tax evasion by the corporations and the very rich; empowerment of dictators and oligarchs; bribery and corruption; drug and arms trafficking; and terrorism.

Her dozens of articles on the subject since 1997 have appeared in publications as diverse as The Nation magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

Winner of 2010 Gerald Loeb, National Press Club, Sigma Delta Chi, and National Headliner awards for her exposé of Ponzi-schemer Allen Stanford, which she brought to the Miami Herald. The Loeb award is the country’s most prestigious prize for financial journalism. Here’s the story.

She is also a theater critic and member of The Drama Desk, the organization of New York theater critics, writers and editors. Her particular interest is the political aspects of theater.

Lucy’s page on Wikipedia

Lucy’s interviews and programs on YouTube

Lucy in 1962-3 was editor of the “Mississippi Free Press.” Her work for civil rights is described in a book on the 1960s movement, “We Are Not Afraid.” And in the University of Southern Mississippi archive.

In the 80s and 90s, she wrote about movements for democracy against repression. This story in the Washington Post tells how she was harassed by agents of Mobutu in Zaire — and saved by the U.S. consul.

On the issue of offshore financial corruption she is the author of “BCCI’s Double Game: Banking on America, Banking on Jihad.” in A Game As Old As Empire, (Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco, 2007). see this.

She has written books on the feminist movement (The New Feminism), the history of American welfare (Down and Out in the U.S.A), and Corazon Aquino (Corazon Aquino: The Story of a Revolution).

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