Washington Post foreign affairs columnist and bestselling novelist David Ignatius is a globetrotting journalist reporting on politics, economics, and the Middle East. He has covered nearly every Washington beat, including the Pentagon, the CIA, Capitol Hill, and Cyber Command. An NBC analyst and regular guest on Morning Joe, Ignatius has appeared on CBS This Morning, Face the Nation, and Meet the Press.
Drawing from more than 40 years of on-the-ground reporting, Ignatius brings to the stage his insights and expertise on the threats to national security, cyber security, and the spread of information. With his ability to explain and edify the most complex issues, Ignatius addresses the forces at play in an increasingly disrupted world and analyzes the implications of growing uncertainty and risk.
For more than 15 years, Ignatius has published his twice-weekly column for The Washington Post. Appearing in scores of newspapers around the world, his column has won the Overseas Press Club Award, the Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center for Journalists. In 2019, Ignatius won a special George Polk award for his coverage, nine articles in all, of the killing of Post columnist and his colleague Jamal Khashoggi.
Turning his experiences with the CIA into 10 spy novels, Ignatius has been praised for his “unparalleled understanding of the intelligence world.” His latest high-tech spy thriller, “The Quantum Spy,” is about the covert race to build the world’s first supercomputer. According to former CIA Director Leon Panetta, “David Ignatius may call it a novel, but for those of us who know the work of the intelligence community, this book is nothing less than a real-life insight into the ongoing battle for dominance in the digital world.”
A graduate of Harvard and Cambridge, Ignatius was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and the executive editor of the International Herald Tribune. He has published articles in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and The New Republic.
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This talk is part of the School’s Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Leadership through Mentorship Program.