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Alex Berenson is a former reporter for The New York Times and the author of several thriller novels and a book on corporate financial filings.


Berenson, Alex was born on January 6, 1973. Son of Harvey and Ellen Berenson.


He graduated from Yale University in 1994 with bachelor's degrees in history and economics.


He joined the Denver Post in June 1994 as a business reporter. He published 513 articles through August 1996, when he left to join TheStreet.com, a financial news website founded by Jim Cramer. In December 1999, Berenson joined The New York Times as a business investigative reporter.

In the fall of 2003 and the summer of 2004, Berenson covered the occupation of Iraq for the Times. More recently, he has covered the pharmaceutical and health care industries, specializing in issues concerning dangerous drugs. Since December 2008, Berenson has reported on the Bernard Madoff $50 billion Ponzi scheme scandal.

He is now a full-time writer. He has written ten spy novels, all featuring the same protagonist, CIA agent John Wells. In February 2008, The Faithful Spy rose to #1 on the New York Times paperback bestseller list.

The same month, Berenson released his second thriller, The Ghost War. His third novel, The Silent Man, followed in February 2009. His fourth, The Midnight House, was released on February 9, 2010 and debuted at #9 on The New York Times bestseller list.

The fifth, The Secret Soldier, was released on February 8, 2011 and debuted at #6 on the bestseller list. The sixth, The Shadow Patrol, was released on February 21, 2012, and debuted at #8. In 2010, Berenson left the Times to become a full-time novelist.

They have a daughter, Lucy.


  • 2007 Edgar Award for best first novel, for The Faithful Spy.



Married Jacqueline Berenson.

Harvey Berenson

Ellen Berenson

Jacqueline Berenson.