mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


How Many Palm Beach Mansions Does A Tycoon Need?

Why, as many as ransacking America’s hometown newspapers can buy, of course!  Read this stunning expose of vulture capitalist Randall D. Smith, whose investment firm makes a habit of buying and then destroying once-proud newspapers.  Reporter Julie Reynolds explains how 6 of America’s 10 biggest newspaper owners now are investment firms, in this piece I edited for The Nation:


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One Response to “How Many Palm Beach Mansions Does A Tycoon Need?”

  • Tom says:

    These days I never buy a print newspaper unless I have to for some reason. Giant firms continue to buy them up and they continue to lose ad revenue. Is John Nichols from the Nation still talking about bailing out newspapers? Totally ridiculous idea. You really want my money? Try doing your job as a journalist.

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Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.