Christopher Ruddy

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Christopher Ruddy is a noted journalist, author and entrepreneur who named one of America's top 20 most influential new media personalities in 1999 by Newsweek. He currently serves as CEO, President, and Editor-in-Chief of NewsMax Media, Inc.


Ruddy[1] grew up on Long Island, N.Y. After graduating from Chaminade High School in Mineola, he earned a B.A. summa cum laude in History from St. John's University in New York and a master's degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics.

Early in his career, Ruddy[2] was editor of an alternative media publication known as the New York Guardian. Ruddy then moved into more mainstream journalism with the New York Post, which he joined as an investigative reporter late in the summer of 1993. At the New York Post, Ruddy's series on abuses of Social Security Disability programs led to national media attention and Congressional reforms. Also at the Post, Mr. Ruddy broke several stories relating to the death investigation of deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster.[3] He then went to work for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review owned by Richard Mellon Scaife.[4]

Since then Mr. Ruddy has been a much in demand media commentator. He has been a featured guest on radio programs around the world as well as numerous TV programs, including CNN's Sunday Morning Show, CNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNBC's Rivera Live, Fox News Channel, NBC's Unsolved Mysteries, CBS's 60 Minutes, as well as C-SPAN, PBS, BET and other networks. As a journalist, Ruddy has broken numerous stories that have received national acclaim. In 1992 he first exposed revelations that a PBS documentary had fabricated key facts - causing PBS to withdraw their support for the film - the first time the agency had made such a move.[5] In 1997, Ruddy was named a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. =

Vincent Foster case

While a correspondent with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Ruddy continued his reporting on the Vincent Foster case, and Clinton-Gore scandals. There have been three official investigations of the death of deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster, all of which concluded that he committed suicide. In January 1994, Ruddy began writing stories questioning the official conclusion that Foster had committed suicide and pointing to weaknesses in the Park Police investigation. Ruddy’s report claimed that Park Police had staged the scene of Foster’s death as described in their reports

In 1997, Mr. Ruddy authored The Strange Death of Vincent Foster: An Investigation published by Simon & Schuster's Free Press.[6] His book received the endorsement of former FBI Director William Sessions, who said Mr. Ruddy's reporting "argued a persuasive case that the American public has not been told the complete facts" of the Foster death. Shortly after the book came out Kenneth Starr released his report from the third investigation into Foster’s death in which he concluded that Foster had committed suicide.


In 1998, Mr. Ruddy founded NewsMax Media, Inc.[7] NewsMax Media is the parent company of a news Web site,, advertised as "America's News Page," and a monthly magazine, also called NewsMax Magazine, which provide in-depth and comprehensive news, politics and independent commentary. It is a multimedia publishing company that publishes online and offline content in the fields of news, politics, health and finance.

As Editor of NewsMax Magazine, his monthly magazine garnished a Silver Eddie award in the News/Commentary category of the 2005 Eddies, the prestigious journalism awards presented by Folio magazine in New York City. In addition, in 2005 NewsMax Magazine won membership in the leading magazine-industry watchdog organization, the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The ABC provides independent audits of print circulation, readership and Web site activity.


  • Books
    • Vincent Foster: The Ruddy Investigation (United Publishing Company, 1996)[8]
    • The Strange Death of Vincent Foster: An Investigation (Free Press, Simon & Schuster, 1997.)[9]
    • Bitter Legacy: NewsMax Reveals the Untold Story of the Clinton-Gore Years (NewsMax Media, 2002.)
    • Catastrophe: Clinton's Role in America's Worst Disaster (NewsMax Media, 2002) [10]
  • Other
    • "A special report on the Fiske investigation of the death of Vincent W. Foster, Jr." (Western Journalism Center, 1997.)
    • "Internet Vortex", an online newsletter (published from 1998 to 2000)


  • Moldea, Dan E. A Washington Tragedy: How the Death of Vincent Foster Ignited a Political Firestorm. Washington: Regnery Publishing, 1998. ISBN 0-89526-382-3.
  • Poe, Richard. Hillary's Secret War: The Clinton Conspiracy to Muzzle Internet Journalists. Nashville, TN: WND Books, 2004. ISBN 0-7852-6013-7.
  • Stewart, James B. Blood Sport: The President and His Adversaries. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996. ISBN 0-684-80230-9.


  1. Christopher Ruddy. Bio.
  2. Christopher Ruddy. Ann Online.
  3. Christopher Ruddy. Interview, etc.
  4. Christopher Ruddy. Pittsburg Tribune-Review.
  5. Christopher Ruddy. FrontPage Magazine.
  6. Christopher Ruddy. The Strange Death of Vincent Foster.
  7. NewsMax.
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