The Press: The Original Kojak

As any TV addict knows, Kojak is a dapper detective who exudes animal charm and a street-wise sixth sense. The man whose investigative exploits led to the series, however, is no cop, and he is no well-tailored charmer. He is Reporter Selwyn Raab, 40, who looks more like rumpled Peter Falk than Telly Savalas. His tenacious reporting has brought him a dozen awards and the pleasure of seeing two victims of law-enforcement abuses walk out of prison.

He hopes to see two more men freed soon. Last week, because of stories by Raab, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Samuel Larner...

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