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Nancy Youssef

Nancy Youssef is National Security Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers.

She was previously based in Cairo where she covered 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

America After Ferguson

Roland Martin & Journalist Gwen Ifill On Having The Conversation About Black Men & Police Officers

September 24, 2014
Roland Martin talks to journalist and television anchor Gwen Ifill about the PBS town hall AMERICA AFTER FERGUSON and the amount of young black men who were killed at the hands of police officers, especially considering the unrest of Michael Brown and the unfortunate burning of his memorial last night in Ferguson.

John Lewis: An Icon on the March

July 2, 2014
Gwen Ifill speaks to Rep. John Lewis about his graphic memoir series March.

Gwen Ifill moderates a discussion about Freedom Summer

June 18, 2014
Gwen Ifill moderated a discussion at the Newseum with Stanley Nelson, the producer of the "American Experience" film "Freedom Summer"; civil rights leader Bob Moses; and Rita Schwerner Bender, whose husband, Michael Schwerner, was one of three Freedom Summer workers murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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