Dana Priest

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Canoga Park, California
Alma materUniversity of California Santa Cruz
Exposed • Black site
• CIA/Torture
• “Extraordinary rendition”

Dana Priest is an American journalist, writer and teacher. She has worked for nearly 30 years for The Washington Post and became the third John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2014.

Before becoming a full-time investigative reporter at the Post, Dana Priest specialised in intelligence reporting and wrote many articles on the US "War on terror" and was the newspaper's Pentagon correspondent.


In 2006 Dana Priest won the Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting citing "her persistent, painstaking reports on secret 'black site' prisons and other controversial features of the government's counter-terrorism campaign."[1] In 2008 The Washington Post won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, citing the work of reporters Priest and Anne Hull and photographer Michel du Cille "exposing mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Hospital, evoking a national outcry and producing reforms by federal officials."[2][3]

In February 2006, Priest was awarded the George Polk Award for National Reporting for her November 2005 article on secret CIA detention facilities in foreign countries.[4]


In a 17 November 2005 front page article, Dana Priest also revealed the existence of the Counter-terrorist Intelligence Centres (CTICs) which are run jointly by the CIA and foreign intelligence services.[5] The Alliance Base in Paris, involving the DGSE and other foreign intelligence agencies, is one of the most important CTICs.

Limited Hangout?

During the 2000s several reports began to appear, with independent media and corporate media connecting more locations throughout the world with the CIA's official Extraordinary Rendition and Detention Program. The Washington Post has met criticism regarding the publications but revealed Dana Priest modifed the article to a limited hangout as she agreed not to reveal the European countries participating in the black sites program.[6]


  1. "The 2006 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Beat Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-19. With short biography and reprints of nine works (Post articles January 2 to December 30, 2005).
  2. "The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Public Service". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-13. With short biographies, reprints of ten 2007 articles, and gallery of 2007 photographs.
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  4. George Polk Awards for Journalism press release
  5. "Foreign Network at Front of CIA's Terror Fight". The Washington Post. November 17, 2005.
  6. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/13615446

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