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Journalists have long been watched by the FBI. Here are a list of prominent journalists over the decades.


Jack Anderson Anderson, Jack - [ 1,518 Pages, 130 MB ] -  Jack N. Anderson (1922-2005) was an influential journalist. The material posted here consists of old and newly released material about Anderson, his writings on the FBI, and his use of leaked material of national security concern.
Walter Cronkite Cronkite, Walter - [ 72 Pages, 3.85 MB ] -  Walter Leland Cronkite Walter Leland Cronkite (1916-2009), famous newscaster and journalist, worked for CBS News for five decades. Although the FBI did not investigate Cronkite, his name does appear in its files, usually in passing reference to his contact with an individual under FBI investigation or due to his professional contacts with the Bureau. These excerpts range from 1956 to 2000.
Sanford Griffith Griffith, Sanford - [ HQ-1 File 21.08MB | NYC-1 File 35.14MB ] - [ 520 Total Pages ] -  Sanford Griffith was born in 1893. He studied at Heidelberg University but on the outbreak of the First World War he fled to France and joined the French Army. In 1918 he transferred to the US Army. Griffith reached the rank of major and was involved in interrogating German prisoners. In 1940 Griffith was recruited by William Stephenson, the head of British Security Coordination (BSC). He now established his company Market Analysts Incorporated and was commissioned to carry out polls for the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies. The organisation was headed by William Allen White who gave an interview to the Chicago Daily News about his intentions: "Here is a life and death struggle for every principle we cherish in America: For freedom of speech, of religion, of the ballot and of every freedom that upholds the dignity of the human spirit... Here all the rights that common man has fought for during a thousand years are menaced... The time has come when we must throw into the scales the entire moral and economic weight of the United States on the side of the free peoples of Western Europe who are fighting the battle for a civilized way of life." It was not long before White's organization had 300 chapters nationwide.
Michael Hastings Hastings, Michael - [ 21 Pages, 1.5 MB ] - Michael M. Hastings (1980-2013), was a journalist and author. This release of a 6/11/2012 FBI document and its attachments (21 pages total) consists of the only material found in FBI records mentioning Hastings. No FBI records indicate an investigative interest in Hastings.

The National Security Agency will neither confirm nor deny records related to Hastings -- NSA Denial Letter

Herbert Kaplow Kaplow, Herbert - [ 17 Pages, 2.91 MB ] -  Herbert Elias "Herb" Kaplow (February 2, 1927 – July 27, 2013) was an American television news correspondent. His main focus was reporting out of Washington, D.C., covering presidential campaigns and those who were elected.
George Sokolsky Sokolsky, George - [ 50 Pages, 3.62 MB ] -  George Ephraim Sokolsky (1893–1962) was a weekly radio broadcaster for the National Association of Manufacturers and a columnist for The New York Herald Tribune, who later switched to The New York Sun and other Hearst newspapers.
 Mike Wallace Wallace, Myron Leon "Mike" - [ 50 Pages, 3.62 MB ] -  Myron Leon "Mike" Wallace (1918-2012) was a well-known American journalist. This release consists of two parts. The first concerns a foreign counterintelligence file opened about Wallace’s 1970 trip to Cuba (pp.1-5) and the second an investigation into a threatening letter sent to Wallace (pp.6-50).
 Don Whitehead Whitehead, Don - [ 118 Pages, 13.40 MB ] -  Don Whitehead (April 8, 1908 in Inman, Virginia - January 12, 1981) was an American journalist. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom. He won the 1950 George Polk Award for wire service reporting.


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