Jonathan S. Landay, senior national security and intelligence correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, has written about foreign affairs and U.S. defense, intelligence and foreign policies for more than 25 years.
In his current post, he covers intelligence and defense issues, terrorism, nuclear weapons and arms control policies, with a close focus on U.S. foreign policy toward Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. He frequently visits Afghanistan, where he travels unilaterally and embeds with U.S. and Afghan forces.
From 1985-94, Landay covered South Asia and former Yugoslavia for United Press International and then for the Christian Science Monitor. He moved to Washington in December 1994 to cover defense and foreign affairs for the Christian Science Monitor.In October 1999, he joined Knight Ridder, which was purchased in 2006 by McClatchy Newspapers.
Landay has spent much of his career on the ground chronicling ethnic, religious and political conflicts in Asia, the Middle East and the Balkans. He covered the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in China, the wars of former Yugoslavia, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the 2001 U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan, and the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
He was a co-recipient of the 2003 Raymond Clapper Memorial Award for disclosing the Bush administration’s use of bogus and exaggerated intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq. In 2005, he was part of a team that won a National Headliners Award for ``How the Bush Administration Went to War in Iraq.'' He also won a 2005 Award of Distinction from the Medill School of Journalism, Georgetown University’s 2007 Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting Special Citation and was a co-recipient of the National Press Club’s 2011 Edward M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence for an investigative series on contracting corruption in Afghanistan.
Landay’s reporting on the Bush administration's misuse of intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq invasion was the subject of "Buying The War," a documentary by Bill Moyers, that premiered on PBS in April 2007.
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