Joined Aug 15 2011
77 years old
Thomas“Dennie” Williams, a freelance writer, worked at The HartfordCourant for almost 40 years before retiring in November 2005. Hegraduated from the Choate School in 1958 and Middlebury College in1962. For a short while, he worked as an interviewer and travelingspokesman in the college admissions department. He has since becomean alumni interviewer for prospective Middlebury students. Aftercollege, he joined the U.S. Army, went through artillery OCS andIntelligence School before he became a military intelligence officerspecializing in investigating North Korean border crossers. When hereturned from that assignment, Dennie worked on secret and top secretsecurity clearances for government employees in Washington, D.C.
Hefinished his military assignments in 1964 and was hired as a newsreporter by The Hartford Courant in 1966. Throughout his career atthe Courant, he has been a town reporter, a night police reporter, astate desk reporter, a state and federal court reporter and aninvestigative team reporter. He has been a supervisor of statereporters assigned to investigative work.
Denniehas worked on countless investigations of governmental and businesscorruption. His earliest inquiries involved the exploitation ofimmigrants by high priced lawyers using U.S. Congressmen to obtainprivate immigration bills; and the exorbitant fees charged by lawyersfriendly with a Hartford Probate Judge, eventually leading to thestate’s first impeachment inquiry of the judge. Still other ofWilliams’ inquiries included an expose of Bridgeport Superior Courtjudge appointing and hiring his friends and relatives for court jobs;an extensive three week two-reporter car surveillance of the state'stax collector who was loafing on state time; misspending of state andfederal grants and logging funds by Schaghticoke leaders on the Kentreservation; significant pollution of potential drinking watersupplies by Kaman Aerospace; monopoly trash contractors overchargingcustomers; contract manipulations for companies with politicalinfluence at the Mid-Connecticut trash-to-energy plant and thebanking bill voting records of legislators with bank interests.
Inthe past 15 years, he has worked extensively on investigative storiesinvolving so called mysterious Persian Gulf War illnesses hauntingU.S. and allied troops, the hazards of depleted uranium munitions andon articles controversies over the safety and legality of themilitary’s mandatory anthrax vaccine. After leaving The Courant inNovember 2005, Dennie became a freelance investigative writer workingmainly for the Internet news sites, Truthout.org and The PublicRecord. He is in the process of publishing a book about interactionsamong humans, birds, animals and other wildlife. It is a group of 13short stories with a prolog and introduction.
Duringmy career, I received: The New England Sevellon Brown Award for aninvestigation of Hartford Mayor George Athanson's law practice inwhich he was charging immigrants thousands of dollars for privateimmigration bills in Congress to delay their exit back to their homecountries; The 1981 United Press International Newspapers of NewEngland Award for an investigating leading to the first proposedimpeachment in Connecticut's history of Hartford Probate Judge JamesKinsella, who was conspiring with a lawyer associate to allow largefees and other irregularities in estate work; The 1981 Unity Award inMedia from Lincoln University of Missouri; The American BarAssociation's 1990 Silver Gavel Award for “contribution to theunderstanding of law and justice” through a public serviceinvestigation; the 1996 Associated Press Sports Editors Award in allcategories for the best investigative reporting related to the earlyprofessional agent solicitations of basketball star Marcus Cambywhile he was still an amateur Springfield College player; the 2005People's Action for Clean Energy Award for superb investigativereporting on nuclear energy and nuclear weapons; a Jack Andersoninvestigative award and numerous awards throughout my career from theConnecticut Society for Professional Journalists. These awards arerelevant, because in order to write the book, I researched andinvestigated the subject matter to insure its credibility.