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Journalist, The Washington Post

David Rubenstein Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2009

Walter Pincus reports on national security and intelligence issues for the Washington Post.


Already in 1962, based on his reporting on foreign lobbying, Pincus took a leave from journalism for eighteen months at the request of Senator Fulbright to run an investigation of foreign government lobbying for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He joined the Washington Post in 1966 after serving in the Army Counterintelligence Corps and having worked at the copy desk and as a correspondent at the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Star, respectively. He left the Post in 1969 to return at the request of Senator Fulbright for another eighteen months to investigate the US military’s role in foreign policy. He then moved on to become executive editor of the New Republic, where he covered the Watergate Senate hearings, House impeachment hearings, and Watergate trial. He returned to the Washington Post in 1975 while also beginning to work as a part-time consultant to NBC and CBS television stations, for which he developed, wrote, and produced television segments for the evening news programs, magazine shows, and hour-long documentaries.


Pincus has covered numerous subjects in his journalism, including nuclear weapons and arms control, politics, and congressional investigations. In 2002 he was one of six Post reporters to win a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. He has also received the George Polk Award for his articles exposing the neutron warhead, a Page One award for magazine reporting on foreign government lobbying, and a television Emmy for writing the one-hour documentary on strategic weapons. In 2008 he was given the Edward Weintal Award for Lifetime Achievement. Since 2003, he has taught a seminar for Stanford University’s “Stanford in Washington” program.

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