In her 30 years at The Washington Post, Dana Priest has covered the Pentagon, intelligence agencies, Russian disinformation operations and veterans issues, among other matters. She has won two Pulitzer Prizes, for reporting on the neglectful conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (2008) and the CIA’s secret prisons (2006) and other counterterrorism operations. She is the author of two best-selling books, “The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military” (2003) and “Top Secret America: The Rise of the National Security State.” She contributes to The New Yorker and PBS’ FRONTLINE and is on the board of directors of the Fauquier Times, the Herblock Foundation and Pressuncuffed.org. She is also the Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism.
Honors and Awards: Pulitzer Prize finalist, General Non-Fiction Books, “The Mission” (2003); George Polk Award for National Reporting, “Top Secret America,” with William Arkin (2010); George Polk Award for National Reporting, “CIA’s Secret War” (2005); Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize, “The Other Walter Reed,” with Anne Hull & Michel du Cille (2007); David Nyhan Prize for Political Reporting, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2007); Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the National Defense (2000); American Academy of Diplomacy, Arthur Ross Media Award for “distinguished writing and reporting” on American diplomacy (2006); Military Order of the Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Award “for exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous service to your community, fellow citizens and veterans” (2008); Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, New York Public Library, for “The Mission” (2003).