Helene Cooper is national security correspondent for The New York Times having previously served as a White House and State Department correspondent. She joined the Times in 2004 as the assistant editorial page editor.
Prior to joining the Times, Cooper spent twelve years with The Wall Street Journal. She was a reporter, foreign correspondent and eventually the assistant bureau chief of the Journal's Washington Bureau, overseeing a group of reporters focusing on international economics and foreign policy. From 1999 to 2002, she was the Wall Street Journal's international economics reporter, and before that she covered economics out of the Journal's London bureau.
A native of Monrovia, Liberia, Ms. Cooper published a memoir, "The House at Sugar Beach," in the fall of 2008.