Pulitzer Prize winning national security reporter for the Washington Post
Triple Agent: Disaster, Deceit and Redemption in the CIA's Hunt for bin Laden
About the Speaker
Joby Warrick is a best-selling author and a national security reporter for The Washington Post. A Pulitzer Prize winner, he served for 15 years with the Post’s national and investigative staffs, most recently focusing on intelligence, diplomacy and security in the Middle East and South Asia. His first book, “The Triple Agent,” released by Doubleday in July 2011, is the true story of the Jordanian-born al-Qaeda spy who led the CIA into a deadly trap at Khost, Afghanistan, in the agency’s worst disaster in a quarter-century. The widely acclaimed non-fiction work was hailed by The Economist as a “chilling tale, told with skill and verve,” and by the Los Angeles Times reviewer as “as gripping a true-life spy saga as I've read in years.”
As an investigative reporter at The Post, Warrick led the newspaper’s coverage of WMD proliferation and weapons trafficking after 2001, and was among the first American journalists to question pre-war claims about Iraq’s nuclear program. Later, his articles about international proliferation threats earned him the Overseas Press Club of America’s Bob Considine Award in 2004 for best newspaper interpretation of international affairs.
Before coming to The Post, Warrick was an enterprise reporter for The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., where he co-authored “Boss Hog,” a series of investigative stories that documented the political and environmental fallout caused by factory farming in the Southeast. The series won the 1996 “Gold Medal” Pulitzer Prize for public service and nine other national and regional awards, including citations by Investigative Reporters & Editors and the White House Correspondents’ Association.
Warrick worked for five years as a reporter for United Press International, and at age 29 was appointed UPI bureau chief in Vienna, Austria. While in Europe he covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the overthrow of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu and the collapse of other communist regimes in the former East Bloc. He also previously worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times.
Warrick graduated summa cum laude from Temple University in 1982 with a B.A. in journalism. A native of North Carolina, he lives in Centreville, Va., with his wife and two children.