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David Sanger

David Sanger is a national security correspondent for The New York Times and one of the newspaper’s senior writers. He is also the bestselling author of "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power," and "The Inheritance."   He has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize and has received numerous awards for coverage of the presidency and national security policy. He also teaches national security policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

"Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power," (Random House 2012) is an account of how President Barack Obama has dealth with foreign policy and national security challenges during his first term in office.  It is a follow-up to his bestseller   “The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power ’’ (Harmony, 2009), which explored the national security challenges that faced the new American president when he first took office.

From 1999 until 2006, Mr. Sanger was White House correspondent for The New York Times covering one of the most tumultuous eras in American national security policy, from 9/11 through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Twice in his 27-year career at the Times, Mr. Sanger has been a member of teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, first for the investigation into the causes of the Challenger disaster in 1986, and later for investigations into the struggles within the Clinton administration over controlling technology exports to China. He has also won the Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting for his coverage of the Iraq and Korea crises, the Aldo Beckman prize for coverage of the Presidency, and, in two separate years, the Merriman Smith Memorial Award, for coverage of national security issues. 

Mr. Sanger has specialized in coverage of nuclear proliferation. “Nuclear Jihad,” the documentary that Mr. Sanger reported for Discovery/Times Television, won the 2007 DuPont Award for its explanation of the workings of the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network. The documentary was based on a series of investigative articles that Mr. Sanger co-authored with William Broad; that series was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Mr. Sanger has reported from New York, Washington and Tokyo, where he was bureau chief in the early 1990’s. He returned to Washington in 1994 as chief economic correspondent. In all of those roles, he has covered a wide variety of issues surrounding foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation and Asian affairs, and was appointed chief Washington correspondent in 2006.

Mr. Sanger graduated from Harvard College in 1982. He appears frequently on both public television and news shows, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.

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