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Jonathan Landay


Recipient of the 2017 Award for Reporting

Jonathan S. Landay, a U.S. national security correspondent for Reuters, has written about foreign affairs and U.S. defense, intelligence and foreign policies for more than 30 years.

In his current position, he covers intelligence and defense issues, terrorism, nuclear weapons and arms control policies and focuses on U.S. foreign policy toward Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East. His assignments include extensive tours of Afghanistan, where he travels unilaterally as well as embeds with U.S. and Afghan forces. He has spent considerable time in the Middle East, including two trips into Syria in 2014.

From 1985-94, Landay covered South Asia and then the former Yugoslavia for United Press International and the Christian Science Monitor. He moved to Washington in December 1994 to cover defense and foreign affairs for the Christian Science Monitor.

In October 1999, he joined Knight Ridder, which was purchased in 2006 by McClatchy Newspapers, the third largest U.S. newspaper publisher, with 30 newspapers. Landay began working for Reuters in November 2015.

Landay has spent much of his career on the ground chronicling ethnic, sectarian and political conflicts in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Major events that he has covered include the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the 1989 Tienanmen Square massacre, the wars of former Yugoslavia, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the 2001 U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan, the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, the civil war in Syria, the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq and Syria, and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

He is a co-recipient of the 2003 Raymond Clapper Memorial Award, the highest award for Washington journalism, for disclosing the Bush administration’s use of bogus and exaggerated intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq. In 2005, he was part of a team that won a National Headliners Award for “How the Bush Administration Went to War in Iraq.” He won a 2005 Award of Distinction from the Medill School of Journalism and Georgetown University’s 2007 Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting Special Citation. He shared the 2012 Polk Award for War Reporting for McClatchy’s coverage of Syria’s civil war.

Landay was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his work on the CIA’s monitoring of the computers used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff to compile its report on the agency’s torture program.

Landay’s reporting on the Bush administration’s misuse of intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq invasion was the subject of “Buying The War,” a documentary by Bill Moyers, that premiered on PBS in April 2007. A major motion picture directed by Rob Reiner – Shock and Awe – now awaiting release follows the reporting by Landay and his colleagues that questioned the administration’s case for invading Iraq.

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