Class: 1961Inducted: 2012
In four decades with The Associated Press, Linda Deutsch has established herself as the nation's leading expert in coverage of high profile trials. From Manson to O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, Phil Spector and many others in between, she has become known for her fair and unbiased coverage.
A recent issue of "Current Biography," summing up her career said, "She has been ranked among the foremost American courtroom journalists of modern times .She is best known for her detailed, objective reporting on some of the most sensational, newsworthy and influential trials of recent decades."
Linda has been the eyes and ears of the public at trials including those of: Sirhan Sirhan, Charles Manson, Patty Hearst, Angela Davis, Daniel Ellsberg, John Z. DeLorean, Exxon Valdez skipper Joseph Hazelwood, William Kennedy Smith and the Menendez Brothers.
Linda added an exclamation point to her career with her coverage of the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials and was a Pulitzer Prize nominee for her work on the case. The Simpson trial brought Linda's face as well as her byline into millions of homes as she was called upon by TV news shows to share her expertise with their audiences. She continues to appear on numerous shows.
In recent years, her celebrity assignments included the trials of Michael Jackson, Robert Blake and Phil Spector. Following the death of Jackson, she covered the civil court proceedings over his estate and the trial of his doctor, Conrad Murray, who faced a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Linda is the recipient of numerous awards including the University of Missouri's Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism and the Society of Professional Journalists national First Amendment Award. She is a graduate of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. where she received the Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a frequent speaker to attorneys and judges' organizations and journalism schools and organizations and has been featured at American Bar Association gatherings. She has been profiled in many publications.
In 2010 Linda received the Toni House Award of the American Judicature Society which honored her career body of work covering legal affairs and her efforts championing the First Amendment and the right of the press and public to attend and observe court proceedings. The announcement said, "Deutsch ranks as one of the nation's preeminent chroniclers of the legal system whose clear, concise reports have connected millions of readers around the world to the inner workings of American's courtrooms."
Linda supplied a favorite quotation, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."