Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency
Barton Gellman is a special projects reporter at The Washington Post, who has covered diplomacy, the Middle East, the Pentagon, and the D.C. Superior Court.
His series on Vice President Cheney, "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency,” written with fellow Washington Post writer Jo Becker, won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize, a George Polk Award, and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and is slated to be a book by the same name published in 2008.
Gellman also shared a Pulitzer for national reporting in 2002 with other members of the newspaper’s staff, honored for its “comprehensive coverage of America’s war on terrorism,” which regularly brought forth new information together with skilled analysis of unfolding developments.
Individually and collaboratively, Gellman has subsequently broken important stories about the use of intelligence leading to the war in Iraq, including the first public reporting on the secretive White House Iraq Group and contributed to an important article about the failed efforts to catch Osama bin Laden before the 9/11 attacks.
In previous postings, Gellman covered Washington DC courts, including the trial of former mayor Marion Barry; was Pentagon correspondent during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the U.S. intervention in Somalia and the social upheavals relating to the status of gays in the military and the assignment of women to combat roles; became Jerusalem bureau chief in 1994, covering peace negotiations, the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the ascent of Binyamin Netanyahu; returned to Washington as diplomatic correspondent, covering Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the collapse of the U.N. Special Commission (UNSCOM) effort to disarm Iraq; and moved to New York in 1999 to take up the special projects role.
He is author of Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power, a 1985 study of the post-World War II "containment" doctrine and its architect, George F. Kennan. His work has been honored by the Overseas Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
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