Dana Priest

Knight Chair -- Independent of Knight Foundation


Dana Priest is Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at University of Maryland. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for The Washington Post and founder of Press Uncuffed, a nationwide student organization that promotes the investigation and advocacy of free press issues in the United States and abroad. Priest teaches a reporting class on imprisoned and murdered journalists overseas, and a critical thinking course on the impact of 9/11 on journalism.

Priest is an expert on U.S. intelligence, military, cybersecurity, foreign and human rights operations and policies, and in how Washington works. She is the author of two best-selling books, "The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military" (2003) and "Top Secret America" (2011). Her goals are to teach students how to find things out and to inspire them to investigate the actions of the U.S. government and other powerful institutions. 

Priest continues to write for The Post and other publications while advising reporters and editors at a community newspaper in rural Virginia.