What makes an investigative article work is its relevance. What makes an investigative piece shine is its writing.
Fortune Senior Writer Richard Behar marries exhaustive research and great information with interesting anecdotes to fashion stories that read well. Plus, he aims his investigative talents at subjects not normally thought of as straight business stories--from a cult religion to illegal immigrations, and from professional golf to the New York City garbage mafia.
His milestone Church of Scientology story for Time magazine garnered him the 1992 Gerald Loeb Award, the rarely given Conscience in Media Award bestowed by the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Worth Bingham Prize.
In 1997, Fortune took home the National Magazine Award for public interest for two articles written by Mr. Behar on organized crime's influence in the garbage-hauling industry. A couple of years previous, Mr. Behar won the George Polk award for a story about the strong-arm tactics used by the Allstate Insurance Co. against its own employees.
Before joining Fortune, the 1982 New York University graduate spent six years as an investigative reporter for Time as well as seven years with Forbes. He has successfully fought at least three libel suits, including a high-profile suit brought by the Church of Scientology.
Columnist Jack Anderson once called Mr. Behar "one of the most dogged of our watchdogs."