Dana Priest

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Dana Priest is a staff writer at the Washington Post, and she was their Pentagon correspondent for six years. She is the author of, "The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military," which was published by W. W. Norton & Company in March 2003. Priest covers the U.S. intelligence agencies and military special operations.

In 2001, Priest was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing grant. The same year, she won a the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the National Defense for her series "The Proconsuls: A Four-Star Foreign Policy?" and the State Department's Excellence in Journalism Award for the same series. She was the guest speaker and host for a four-part speaking series on the U.S. Military and Foreign Policy for the Secretary's Open Forum. She also was a guest scholar in the residence at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Priest holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She lives in Washington DC with her husband and two children.

In 2006, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the CIA's secret prisons.

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