Dana Priest

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Dana L. Priest is National Security Correspondent for The Washington Post. Priest covers the intelligence community and "spent the previous eight years writing about the U.S. military," according to a PBS Washington Week profile.

Priest has "worked at the Post for 15 years, where she was the Post's Pentagon correspondent for six years and then wrote exclusively about the military as an investigative reporter. She was one of the first reporters on the ground for the invasion of Panama (1989), reported from Iraq in late 1990 just before the war began, and covered the 1999 Kosovo war from air bases in Europe.

"She has written extensively for The Post about the nation's four regional commanders-in-chief, Army Special Forces training programs overseas, the 1999 Kosovo air war and the Army's peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Kosovo.

"In 2001, Priest was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing grant. The same year, she won a the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the National Defense for her series 'The Proconsuls: A Four-Star Foreign Policy?' and the State Department's Excellence in Journalism Award for the same series. She was the guest speaker and host for a four-part speaking series on the U.S. Military and Foreign Policy for the Secretary's Open Forum. She also was a guest scholar in the residence" at the United States Institute of Peace [1]

In May 2004, Priest won the 2004 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism for her book "The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military." [2]

"Priest holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Santa Cruz." [3]

Dana Priest is married to William Goodfellow, Executive Director of the Center for International Policy (CIP).

CIA secret prisons

Priest broke the story of the CIA's secret prison operations in Europe on November 2, 2005 [4], for which she won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize [5].

Published Works

  • "The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military", W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (February 24, 2003), (Hardcover) ISBN 0393010244; W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (March 2004) (Paperback) ISBN 0393325504.

Contact Information

Email link at the Washington Post.

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