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Nancy Youssef

Nancy Youssef is Senior National Security Correspondent for The Daily Beast.

She was previously with McClatchy Newspapers where she served as National Security Correspondent and Middle East Bureau Chief based in Cairo covering the Middle East and the Islamic world.  Prior to that she was McClatchy's chief Pentagon correspondent, focusing on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She traveled frequently to those two nations to see how the policies crafted in Washington reached Afghans, Iraqis and the troops alike. She is also founder of the Pentagon Press Association.

Before covering the Pentagon, she spent four years covering the Iraq war, including a stint as Baghdad bureau chief. Her pieces focused on the everyday Iraqi experience, civilian casualties and how the U.S.'s military strategy was reshaping Iraq's social and political dynamics.

She joined the Washington Bureau in August 2005. Before that, she was a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, covering legal issues. While at the Free Press, she traveled throughout Jordan and Iraq for Knight Ridder, covering the Iraq war from the time leading up to it through the post-war period. She began her journalism career at the Baltimore Sun.

She has won several awards for her work, including the University of Virginia's Lawrence Hall Award for Distinguished Journalism covering the Middle East, the Maryland-D.C. Delaware Press Association and the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. A Washington, D.C.-area native, she earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from University of Virginia and master’s degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her parents are from Egypt, and she has been visiting the region all of her life. She speaks Arabic.

Most Recent Appearances

Recent Appearances

New Orleans: Ten Years Later

August 25, 2015
To mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, The Atlantic hosted an event recognizing the city’s resilience while evaluating the challenges it and other communities across the country continue to face.

The American Identity: A Conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival

July 1, 2015
Gwen Ifill lead a conversation about the American Identity at the Aspen Ideas Festival. On the agenda: how we see ourselves and how we see each other.

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff Speak to Young Journalists

June 21, 2015
PBS NewsHour Co-Anchors Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill joined the 2015 class of Al Neuharth Free Spirit & Journalism Conference scholars for a discussion on June 21, 2015 about their careers, the mission of the NewsHour, and the media in general.

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