Dana Priest

Dana is one of the most honored journalists currently working today. She is also a good colleague who has mentored many people in the newsroom.

In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting for her revelations about secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe and other counterterrorism operations around the world, international scoops that set off investigations across the globe and forced the Bush Administration to close the prisons and change its policies. In 2009, Dana, with her colleagues Anne Hull and Michel du Cille, produced work that won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service for exposing deplorable conditions at the Army’s Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington. These revelations forced the resignation of the Secretary of the Army, the Army surgeon general and the center’s commander. They also led to congressional hearings and a presidentially appointed commission to improve veteran care.

Dana has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer numerous times and also won multiple George Polk Awards. She has received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize, the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the National Defense, and the Overseas Press Club’s Bob Considine Award.

In 2008, she and Amy Goldstein produced a series on the medical mistreatment of immigrants awaiting deportation, one of the Pulitzer finalists. In 2010, Dana’s project, Top Secret America, revealed the unprecedented buildup of intelligence organizations and contractors in the aftermath of Sept. 11. The work was expanded and published in a 2011 book she co-authored, “Top Secret America: The Rise of the Security State,” and in a PBS Frontline documentary released in September 2011. Since then, she has written about the enormous cost of maintaining the nuclear arsenal and covert CIA operations in Mexico and Colombia.

Her first book, “The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military,” appeared in 2003. It documented the growth overseas of America’s military and its problematic influence on the country’s foreign policy. The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction in 2004 and won the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

She is married to Bill Goodfellow, who runs a nonprofit foreign policy institute in Washington. They have two children who turned out well despite it all, two horses and a dog.