Jerry Seib

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Born6 February 1956
Alma materUniversity of Kansas
SpouseBarbara Rosewicz
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Members 3, Trilateral Commission
Wall Street Journal journalist and Washington bureau chief. Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, attended spooky 1981 Colloquium on Clandestine Collection. Briefly detained in Iran in 1987, accused of being an Israeli spy.

Gerald F. Seib was the executive Washington editor for The Wall Street Journal until 2016.[1] A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission, he attended the spooky 1981 Colloquium on Clandestine Collection. He was briefly detained in Iran in 1987, accused of being an Israeli spy.


Seib is of Volga German ancestry[2][3] He grew up in Kansas.


Seib joined the Dallas bureau of the Journal as a reporter in 1978. He transferred to the Journal's Washington bureau in 1980 and covered the Pentagon and the State Department. In 1984, he and his wife, Journal reporter Barbara Rosewicz, were transferred to Cairo to cover the Middle East.

They returned to the Washington bureau in 1987 where he has covered the White House and reported on diplomacy and foreign policy. In December 1992, he became a news editor responsible for the Journal's national political coverage from Washington and around the country.[4]

He has moderated three presidential debates and interviewed every president since Ronald Reagan.[5]

He was part of a team of reporters and editors that won the Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category for coverage of 9/11.[6]

Arrested for espionage

Gerald F. Seib was detained for several days in Iran in 1987, accused of spying for Israel, a when he went there to cover the Iran-Iraq war. The official Iranian news agency, IRNA, said a "spy of the Zionist regime" was arrested after entering the country with a false passport, in the guise of a journalist. Iranian officials decided to release Seib after completion of a judicial probe into his case, but stated he would be barred from the country permanently.[7]

In a prepared statement Seib denied the Iranian charges, stating "I am a journalist, and that is all I am."[7]


Event Participated in

Colloquium on Clandestine Collection30 December 198131 December 1981A spooky colloquium in Washington DC