Gary Webb was born on August 31, 1955 in Corona, California, USA as Gary Stephen Webb.
He was an investigative reporter best known for his articles about the CIA's role in cocaine trafficking in the aftermath of U.S. involvement with Contra rebels in Nicaragua in the 1980s. The articles came under intense criticism, and the newspaper later backed away from its claims. Webb resigned from the paper in 1997.
He was part of a Mercury News reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for their coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake.
He was a writer, known for Kill the Messenger (2014), Gary Webb: In His Own Words (2002) and Letter to the President (2005). He was married to Sue Bell. He died on December 10, 2004 in Carmichael, California.