Craig Whitlock has been a reporter for The Washington Post since 1998. He is assigned to the Investigative Desk, where he specializes in national security. From 2010 until 2016, he reported on the Pentagon beat for the National Desk. Prior to that, he served as The Post’s Berlin bureau chief for almost six years. While overseas, his primary assignment was investigative reporting into terrorism networks and counterterrorism policy in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. He has reported from more than 60 countries.
He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize on three occasions, and has been awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter R. Weitz Prize for excellence and originality in reporting on Europe.
Prior to joining The Post, Whitlock worked for seven years as a reporter for The (Raleigh) News & Observer. He was also briefly a staff writer for The Anniston (Ala.) Star. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University, where he served as editor of the campus daily, The Chronicle. A native of Ithaca, N.Y., he was raised in Kennett Square, Pa., the “Mushroom Capital of the World.” He is married to the author Jennifer Toth; they live in Silver Spring, Md., with their son, Kyle.