David E. Sanger

Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

Challenges for the Obama Administration in 2010: From Cyberwars to Iran

About the Speaker

David Sanger is Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times and one of the newspaper’s senior writers. His book,The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power, a Times best-seller, examines the national security challenges facing the U.S. president and dissects the legacy of the Bush administration in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, China, and elsewhere. It draws heavily on Mr. Sanger's reporting during seven years as the Times' White House correspondent. In a 28-year career at the Times, Mr. Sanger has reported from New York, Tokyo, and Washington, covering a wide range of issues in foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation, and Asian affairs. As a correspondent and then bureau chief in Tokyo, he covered Japan’s rise as the world’s second largest economic power and its humbling recession. He also wrote extensively about North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs. In addition to covering national security, he specializes on proliferation issues. He has also served as the paper’s chief Washington economic correspondent, covering the Mexican and Asian economic crises. Mr. Sanger has twice been a member of teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, for the investigation into the causes of the space shuttle Challengerdisaster in 1986 and the struggles within the Clinton administration over 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 the Merriman Smith Memorial Award, for coverage of national security issues. He also reported and wrote “Nuclear Jihad,” for Discovery/Times Television, which won the 2007 DuPont Award. He appears regularly on PBS’s Washington Week, and a variety of Sunday public affairs and news shows. Mr. Sanger graduated from Harvard College in 1982.