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Judith Miller

Best-Selling Author of Germs


Judith Miller spent almost 30 years as an integral part of The New York Times reporting team.  A Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, her rise to prominence covering national security issues, with a special emphasis on the Middle East, terrorism, and Islam, culminated in her role as a champion for journalists in the leak of the covert identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame.  Miller served 85 days in jail for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury and reveal her source – a fundamental principle of journalistic integrity.  She was released and freed to testify only after her source, "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff agreed to let her speak. Read More >

In her role as reporter, Miller was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for “explanatory journalism” for its 2001 series on Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Her years of reporting on the region built her reputation as an expert on Middle Eastern and national security issues.  She has often appeared on national news and public affairs shows such as 60 Minutes, Oprah Winfrey, CNN, Night Line, Good Morning America, The Today Show, David Letterman, and The Charlie Rose Show. Continuing her journalistic legacy, in 2006, she began writing articles for The Wall Street Journal.

When Miller originally joined the paper’s Washington Bureau, she covered the securities industry, Congress, politics, foreign affairs, particularly the Middle East and nuclear proliferation issues.  In 1983, she made history as the first woman to be named chief of The New York Times bureau in Cairo, Egypt, responsible for covering the Arab world, then traveling throughout Europe and North Africa.  She then returned to become the Washington Bureau's news editor and deputy bureau chief, helping manage a department designated to enhance the paper’s coverage of radio, television, advertising, and publishing. Later she was named special correspondent to the Persian Gulf crisis and The New York Times Sunday Magazine's special correspondent.

The author of four books including the bestseller, Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War, Miller knows the ins and outs of bioterrorism and the threats to national security.  Her previous book, God Has Ninety-Nine Names explores the spread of Islamic extremism in ten Middle Eastern countries, including Israel and Iran. She is also the author of One, By One, By One, a highly praised account of how people in six nations have distorted the memory of the Holocaust.  In 1990, she co-authored Saddam Hussein and the Crisis in the Gulf, the first comprehensive account of the Gulf crisis and biography of the man behind it. It topped The New York Times Bestseller List during the 1991 Gulf War. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Ethics and Journalism: Does the Right to Know Trump the Right to Security?

First Amendment Threats, Growing Government Secrecy, what it Means to the Average Citizen

Is Journalism Failing Us? The Tenuous State of the Third Estate in Our Time

The Five Commandments of Mainstream Blogging

Governmental Incompetence on All Fronts

The Patriot Act in Full: What’s Good and What’s Outrageous

Islamic Militancy in the Middle East

U.S. Foreign Policy

National Security

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