Dennis McDougal (born November 25, 1947) is an American author and journalist. He has worked for a variety of publications and has earned over 50 honors, including the National Headliner Award and several Associated Press awards. He has been called "L.A.'s No. 1 muckraker." His book, Privileged Son, was described as "illuminating reading for anyone interested in 20th-century Los Angeles or modern-day newspapering" by The New York Times. A native of Southern California, he lives near Memphis, Tennessee.