Author and Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

David Sanger

About the Speaker

David E. Sanger is Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times and is one of the newspaper's senior writers. In a 25-year career at the paper, he has reported from New York, Tokyo and Washington, covering a variety of issues surrounding foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation, Asian affairs and, since 2001, the arc of the Bush presidency. Twice he has been a member of Times reporting teams that won the Pulitzer Prize.

Before covering the White House, Sanger specialized in the confluence of economic and foreign policy, and wrote extensively on how issues of national wealth and competitiveness have come to redefine the relationships between the United States and its major allies. He was correspondent and then bureau chief in Tokyo for six years. In 1994, he took up the position of Chief Washington Economic Correspondent, and covered a series of global economic upheavals, from Mexico to the Asian economic crisis. He was named a senior writer in March 1999, and White House correspondent later that year. He was named Chief Washington Correspondent in October 2006.

Sanger joined the Times in the Business Day section, specializing in the computer industry and high-technology trade. In 1986 he played a major role in the team that investigated the causes of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. The team won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He was a member of another Pulitzer-winner team that wrote about the Clinton administration's struggles to control exports to China. In 2007, The New York Times received the DuPont Award from the Columbia Journalism School for Nuclear Jihad: Can Terrorists Get the Bomb?, a documentary featuring Mr. Sanger and his colleague William J. Broad.

In 2004, Sanger was the co-recipient of the Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting for his coverage of the Iraq and Korea crises. He also won the Aldo Beckman prize for coverage of the presidency. In both 2003 and 2007 he was awarded the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for coverage of national security strategy. He also shared the American Society of Newspaper Editor's top award for deadline writing in 2004, for team coverage of the Columbia disaster.

Sanger released the New York Times bestseller, The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power, on Harmony Books in January 2009. It is an examination of the Bush administration’s legacy and its successes and failures. The paperback version has been updated to describe the challenges President Obama faced in his first year in office.

Sanger appears regularly on public affairs and news shows. Twice a week he delivers the Washington Report on WQXR, the radio station of the Times. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group and is a writer-in-residence for the Center for a New American Security.

Born on July 5, 1960 in White Plains, NY, Mr. Sanger was educated in the public school system and graduated magna cum laude in government from Harvard College in 1982.