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Dana Priest is a two-time Pulitzer prize winning investigative reporter for The Washington Post, covering the-intelligence-world and national security issues. She covered the invasion of Panama (1989), reported from Iraq (1990), covered the Kosovo war (1999), and has traveled widely with Army Special Forces in Asia, Africa and South America and with Army infantry units on peacekeeping duty in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. She is currently working on a new book, Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.

She has written extensively on the CIA's covert counterterrorism operations around the world, the agency's secret rendition and detention practices, the intelligence lapses involving the Sept. 11 plot and the failure of pre-war intelligence in Iraq. In 2007, she co-authored a series on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center's failure to provide outpatient care to returning soldiers and Marines. In 2008, Dana Priest co-authored a four-part series on dangerously inadequate medical care for immigrants in detention.

Priest was the Post's intelligence reporter for three years and its Pentagon correspondent for seven years before that.

She has received numerous awards, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for "The Other Walter Reed" and the 2006 Pulitzer for Beat Reporting for her work on CIA secret prisons and counterterrorism operations overseas. Her other honors include the Robert F. Kennedy Award, George Polk Award, American Society of Newspaper Editors, Annenberg School of Communication's Selden Ring Award, the Overseas Press Club Award for interpretation of international affairs and the American Academy of Diplomacy's Award for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis on Foreign Affairs.

Priest's widely acclaimed 2003 book about the military's expanding responsibility and influence, "THE MISSION: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America’s Military," earned the New York Public Library Bernstein Book Award and was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction.

In 2001, Priest was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing grant and was a guest scholar in residence at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Also that year, Dana Priest received the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the National Defense for her series "The Proconsuls: A Four-Star Foreign Policy?"

Dana Priest is also a contributor to CBS News and 60 Minutes. She is a board member of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Santa Cruz and lives in Washington DC.


Feb 22, 2012 7:30pm

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