Investigative reporter Bill Dedman of will speak Nov. 30 to the Westport Rotary Club.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at noon at the Inn at Longshore. There is a fee of $20 per person for lunch.

Dedman has written about uninspected bridges, problems with firefighter safety equipment, a reclusive heiress and her financiers, the Obama administration's visitor logs, treatment of detainees at Guantanamo, strategies for discouraging school shootings and journalists making campaign contributions.

He received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for "The Color of Money," articles in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on racial discrimination by mortgage lenders in middle-income neighborhoods. In 2008, Dedman received a national award for investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists for his articles and video on firefighter deaths.

Dedman began his journalism career when he was 16 years old as a copy boy at The Chattanooga Times. He subsequently has written for The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and The New York Times, and was the first director of computer-assisted reporting for the Associated Press. In addition, he taught advanced reporting part-time at the University of Maryland, Northwestern University, and Boston University, and created the Power Reporting site of research tools for journalists.

For more information about the Westport Rotary, contact Membership Chairman Dave Matlow at 203-227-3090, visit the club's website at, or come to a meeting any Tuesday at noon at the Inn at Longshore.