The Challenges of National Security Reporting

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The Center on National Security together with PEN American Center Present:

The Challenges of National Security Reporting

Panelists address the challenges of dealing with government secrecy and classification, the uptick in leak prosecutions under the Obama Administration and how that can affect reporting, how to balance the journalists' need for access to the intelligence and national security establishment with the demands for objectivity, among other topics.


Spencer Ackerman is the U.S. national security editor of The Guardian. He was part of the Guardian's team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Journalism for reporting on the National Security Agency revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden. Before joining The Guardian in 2013, Ackerman was senior editor at Wired.

Cora Currier is a journalist with The Intercept who focuses on national security, foreign affairs, and human rights. Previously, she covered national security and finance for ProPublica and was on the editorial staff of The New Yorker.

Adam Goldman covers terrorism and national security for The Washington Post. He was on the Associated Press Investigative Team in Washington, D.C., that the 2012 Pulitzer Prize of Investigative Reporting. He is co-author of "Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America" (2013).

Janet Reitman is an author and contributing editor of Rollin Stone magazine, specializing  in national security, terrorism, and U.S. foreign and domestic policy. She was twice nominated for the National Magazine Award, including for her 2013 Rolling Stone cover story, "Jahar's World," a portrait of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. She is the author if "Inside Scientology" (2011).

Grace Wyler is a journalist based in New York. She is an associate editor and political editor at VICE. She was previously the politics editor at Business Insider and has written for Time, New York Magazine,  and The New Republic.

Karen Greenberg (moderator) is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School