| Alex Berenson |
(COVID-19/Dissident, journalist, author)
|Born||6 Jan 1973|
New York City
|Alma mater||Yale University|
Prominent US Covid dissident
Alex Berenson is a former reporter for The New York Times, where he covered stories like the occupation of Iraq and the Bernard Madoff $50 billion Ponzi scheme scandal. He has covered the pharmaceutical and health care industries, specializing in issues concerning dangerous drugs. He is the author of several thriller novels and a book on corporate financial filings, and a book linking marijuana and psychosis.
He has been a COVID-19 dissident since early in the event. Starting in March 2020 with pointing out that media were overestimating the risk of "the new virus", he was soon banned/suspended from corporate social media platforms. Moving over to Substack, he has kept pointing out the dangers from the mRNA-vaccines.
Berenson was born in New York, and grew up in Englewood, NJ. 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 12 spy novels, all featuring the same protagonist, CIA agent John Wells. His first novel, The Faithful Spy, was released in April 2006 and won an Edgar Award for best first novel by an American author. In February 2008, The Faithful Spy rose to #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List for paperbacks.
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 July 2012, The Shadow Patrol was named a finalist for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, given by Britain's Crime Writers Association.
In 2010, Berenson left the Times to become a full-time novelist. He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, Jacqueline Berenson, a forensic psychiatrist and researcher at Columbia University. They have two children.
In 2019, Berenson published the book Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence and an accompanying op-ed in both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He argued that there were associations between marijuana and psychosis, and between psychosis and violence.  The book received heavy flack from some quarters.