Clara Bingham

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Clara Bingham
Born 1963
Louisville, Kentucky
Residence Manhattan, New York
Nationality American
Occupation Journalist, author, producer
Years active 1985-present
Spouse(s) David Michaelis (1993-2007), Joseph Finnerty (2014-present)
Children 3

Clara Bingham (born in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American journalist, author and documentary film producer.[1]

She has written three books: Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul (May 31, 2016),[2][3] Class Action: The Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law (co-written with Laura Leedy Gansler 2002)[4] which was adapted into the 2005 feature film, North Country. Class Action was a 2002 Los Angeles Times best book of the year[5] and won the AAUW Speaking Out For Justice Award in 2007.[6] Bingham's first book was Women on the Hill: Challenging the Culture of Congress (1997).[7]

As a Washington, D.C. correspondent for Newsweek magazine from 1989 to 1993, Bingham covered the George H. W. Bush administration leading up to and during the 1992 presidential election. Her writing has appeared widely in publications including, The Daily Beast,[8] Vanity Fair,[9] Ms.,[10] Vogue,[11] Talk Magazine, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, The Washington Monthly,[12] and United Press International, the wire service for which she wrote as a stringer in Papua New Guinea in 1987. Bingham also worked as a press secretary for Democrat Michael Dukakis's 1988 presidential campaign.[13]

An expose about the Air Force Academy rape scandal that Bingham wrote for Vanity Fair[14] earned her the 2004 Exceptional Merit in Media Award (EMMA) given by the National Women's Political Caucus,[15] and was anthologized in the Best American Crime Writing 2004 Edition.[16] In January 2016, Investigation Discovery's Vanity Fair Confidential series featured Binghman in its one-hour program about the Air Force Academy rape scandal.[17]

While reporting a story in West Virginia, Bingham, a Kentucky native, witnessed the destructive effects of Mountain Top Removal coal mining for the first time.[18] Afterwards, she spent several years producing The Last Mountain (directed by Bill Haney), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011,[19] screened in theaters in over 60 American cities, and won the International Documentary Association's Pare Lorentz Award.[20][21]

Personal life

Bingham was born into a newspaper family[22][23] in 1963 in Louisville, Kentucky, and moved to New York City in 1968. She graduated from Harvard University in 1985 with a degree in History and Literature,[24] where she served as co-news editor of The Harvard Independent.[25]

Bingham lives in New York City and has three children[26] with her ex-husband, biographer David Michaelis.[27] In April 2014, she married Joseph Finnerty, a lawyer, who has three children of his own.[28]


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  2. "Witness to the Revolution by Clara Bingham |". Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  3. "WITNESS TO THE REVOLUTION by Clara Bingham | Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  4. Bingham, Clara; Gansler, Laura Leedy (2003-10-14). Class Action: The Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law (Reprint edition ed.). New York: Anchor. ISBN 9780385496131. 
  5. "Nonfiction". Los Angeles Times. 2002-12-08. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
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  7. TUMULTY, KAREN (1997-01-12). "Human, All Too Human : WOMEN ON THE HILL. By Clara Bingham . Times Books: 208 pp., $21". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  8. "Clara Bingham". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  9. Bingham, Clara. "Clara Bingham". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  10. "Women Fight to Save Appalachia's Last Mountain". Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  11. "The girls on the bus. Kids in Congress". Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  12. "Queens of the Hill - Clara Bingham". Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  13. "MediaWatch: June 1992". Media Research Center. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  14. Bingham, Clara. "Code of Dishonor". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  15. "The Voter's Self Defense System". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  16. Penzler, Otto; Cook, Thomas H. (2004-08-10). The Best American Crime Writing: 2004 Edition: The Year's Best True Crime Reporting. New York: Vintage. ISBN 9780375713026. 
  17. "Investigation Discovery's New Season of Vanity Fair Confidential Digs Deep into the Magazine's Most Thrilling True Crime Stories – Discovery Communications, Inc.". Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  18. ""Under Mined" by Clara Bingham". Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  19. "The Last Mountain Movie". Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  20. "2011 Pare Lorentz Award Winner: 'The Last Mountain'". International Documentary Association. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  21. Shnayerson, Michael. "Hall of Fame: The Last Mountain". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  22. WINES, MICHAEL (1986-01-19). "The Binghams of Louisville : Family Tragedy and Feuds Bring Down Media Empire". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  23. Jr, Ralph Gardner. "Requiem for a Writer". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  24. Office, Harvard News. "History and Literature Program celebrates 100 years". Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  25. "Final Clubs TBT: 'Clubs Debate Women, Alcohol' | The Harvard Independent". The Harvard Independent. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  26. "MANH April 2015 Page 66". Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  27. "WEDDINGS; Clara Bingham, David Michaelis". The New York Times. 1993-06-27. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  28. Laskey, Margaux (2014-04-27). "A Conversation Began and Never Stopped". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 

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