Barton Gellman

Barton David Gellman (born Nov. 3, 1960) is an American author and journalist on the staff of "The Washington Post". [] ]

In 2008, he published ["Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency"] , which attracted attention for disclosures about Dick Cheney's alleged misuse of a confidential vetting file during the 2000 presidential campaign [ Tulsa World] ] , Cheney's concealment from President George W. Bush of Justice Department objections to domestic surveillance without a warrant [ New York Times] ] , Cheney's refusal to take charge of recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina [] ] and Cheney's false depiction of the Iraqi threat in a one-on-one meeting with former Republican House majority leader Richard Armey. [,0,5113049.story Los Angeles Times] ] (Armey, who dropped his opposition to war with Iraq after the Cheney briefing, told Gellman he "deserved better than to be bullshitted by" Cheney.) Several high ranking figures in the Bush administration -- including Attorney General John Ashcroft, Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, White House chiefs of staff Joshua Bolten and Andrew H. Card Jr., National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley, communications counselor Dan Bartlett, political counselor Karl Rove and some of Cheney's own senior advisers -- also gave on the record interviews about the vice president.

The Angler book expanded upon [ a series of articles] on Vice President Dick Cheney that was published in the "Washington Post" in June 2007. Gellman and then-colleague Jo Becker (who since has moved to the "New York Times") shared the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting [,National+Reporting Pulitzer Prize] ] for those articles. Gellman previously shared the Pulitzer in 2002 with other members of the newspaper's staff for "comprehensive coverage of America's war on terrorism, which regularly brought forth new information together with skilled analysis of unfolding developments." [,National+Reporting Pulizter Prize] ] His contribution to that coverage was an article on October 3, 2001 about failed efforts to catch Osama bin Laden before the 9/11 attacks.

On two other occasions, Gellman has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, in 1999 [ 1999 Pulitzer Prize Finalists] ] and 2004. [ 2004 Pulitzer Prize Finalists] ] . Other professional honors include a George Polk Award [ 2007 Polk Award Finalists] ] , Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Journalism [ Goldsmith Prize Finalists] ] , Overseas Press Club awards [ Overseas Press Club] ] [ Overseas Press Club] ] , the Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists [ Society of Professional Journalists] ] , the Gerald Ford Foundation Prize for reporting on national defense [ Gerald Ford Foundation] ] , the SAIS-Novartis International Journalism Award [ SAIS-Novartis Intl Journalism Award] ] and the Jesse Laventhol Award for deadline writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors [ ASNE] ] .

Individually and collaboratively, Gellman has subsequently broken important stories about the use of intelligence leading to the war in Iraq, including the first public reporting on the secretive White House Iraq Group.Barton Gellman and Walter Pincus, [ "Iraq's Nuclear File: Inside the Prewar Debate Depiction of Threat Outgrew Supporting Evidence"] , "Washington Post", August 10, 2003: A01, accessed July 29, 2007.] With fellow "Washington Post" reporter Jo Becker, Gellman wrote a widely-read four-part series on Vice President Dick Cheney entitled "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency", that was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.Barton Gellman and Jo Becker, [ "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency"] , "Washington Post", June 24, 2007June 27, 2007, accessed July 29, 2007. ("Angler" is Vice President Dick Cheney's Secret Service codename.)]

In previous postings, Gellman covered Washington DC courts, including the trial of former mayor Marion Barry; was Pentagon correspondent during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the U.S. intervention in Somalia and the social upheavals relating to the status of gays in the military and the assignment of women to combat roles; became Jerusalem bureau chief in 1994, covering peace negotiations, the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the ascent of Binyamin Netanyahu; returned to Washington as diplomatic correspondent, covering Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the collapse of the U.N. Special Commission (UNSCOM) effort to disarm Iraq; and moved to New York in 1999 to take up the special projects role.

Gellman is a summa cum laude graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and earned a Master's Degree in politics at University College, Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. [ "Bart Gellman"] biography at "The Washington Post", February 11, 2005, accessed July 29, 2007.] He returned to Princeton for one semester as Ferris Professor of Journalism in 2002, teaching a course called "The Literature of Fact."] From 2007-2008, Gellman was a fellow at the New York University School of Law Center on Law and Security.

He is author of "Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power", a 1985 study of the post-World War II "containment" doctrine and its architect, George F. Kennan.

Personal and family history

The son of Stuart Gellman of Tucson, Arizona, and Marci Jacobs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he lives with partner Dafna Linzer] in New York City. A previous marriage to Tracy Ellen Sivitz [ "Barton Gellman to Marry Tracy Sivitz in September"] , "New York Times", July 22, 1990, accessed July 29, 2007.] ended in divorce. He is the father of four children: Abigail, Michael, Lily and Benjamin Gellman. [ Gellman Official Website] ]


*"Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power". New York: Praeger Publishers, 1985. ISBN 0-275-91737-1 (10). ISBN 978-0-275-91737-1 (13). [Hardcover ed.] New York: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1985. ISBN 0-275-91805-X (10). ISBN 978-0-275-91805-7 (13). [Paperback ed.]
*"". New York: Penguin Press, 2008. ISBN 1594201862 (10). ISBN 978-1594201868 (13). [Hardcover ed.]


External links

* [ "Bart Gellman"] biography at "The Washington Post". February 11, 2005. Accessed July 29, 2007.
*" [ Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power] " book description at Greenwood Publishing Group. Accessed July 29, 2007. (Paperback ed.)
* [ "Interview: Barton Gellman"] . Conducted on January 29, 2003 for " [ The War Behind Closed Doors] ". Program first broadcast on "Frontline", Public Broadcasting Service, February 20, 2003. Accessed July 29, 2007.
* [ "Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist to Discuss U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts Pre-September 11"] . Press Release announcing lecture by Gellman at Princeton University in 2004. Accessed July 29, 2007.
* [ "National Security Beat: Barton Gellman"] . 2006 "Washington Post" biography. Accessed July 29, 2007.
* [ Recent "Washington Post" articles written by Barton Gellman] . Accessed July 29, 2007.
* [ Barton Gellman's interview with The Young Turks.]

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