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William G. G. Lambert Edit Profile

consultant , journalist

William G. Lambert , a native of Langford, South Dakota, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who wrote for the Portland Oregonian, Life magazine and other publications.


Lambert, William G. was born on February 2, 1920 in Langford, South Dakota, United States. Son of William G. and Blanche (Townsend) Lambert.


Nieman fellow journalism, Harvard University, 1959-1960.


Called by one of his editors "the modern-day father of investigative journalism", Lambert forced the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas in 1969. Fortas, accused of having taken $20,000 from stock swindler Louis Wolfson in 1966, resigned nine days after Lambert's story appeared. Lambert and The New York Times reporter Wallace Turner shared the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting in 1957 for their five-part series in the Portland Oregonian focusing on Dave Beck, president of the International Society of Teamsters, and exposing corruption in the union.

Lambert and Turner were the first witnesses in the congressional investigation of Beck and the Teamsters. Lambert died on February 8, 1998, in Philadelphia of a respiratory ailment.


  • His Life magazine story on Fortas won the George Polk Award for magazine reporting that year.


Served in the United States Army, World War II, PTO, to major Reserve, retired Decorated bronze star.


Married Jean Kenway Mead, July 7, 1945. Children: Kathryn, Heather Lambert Oxberry.

William G. Lambert

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