Eric Lichtblau is an investigative reporter in the Washington bureau of the New York Times, where he writes about national security, money-and-politics, law enforcement, and a range of other national issues.
Lichtblau joined The New York Times in 2002 after spending 15 years as an investigative and legal affairs reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Among more than a dozen awards he has earned, he and his partner at the New York Times, James Risen, won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for breaking the story of the secret wiretapping program authorized by President Bush weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks. The story and follow-up articles set off a national debate about the balance between national security and civil liberties and sparked a rewriting of federal intelligence law. He has also written investigative pieces on political corruption scandals, the Wikileaks files, and the Edward Snowden-NSA revelations.
He is the author of The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2014), which one reviewer called “an essential read for all those interested in World War II, the Cold War, and 20th Century history;” and of Bush’s Law: The Remaking of American Justice (Pantheon, 2008), which a reviewer called “All the President’s Men for the age of terror.”
He has made frequent appearances on CNN, CSPAN, PBS, NPR, BBC, and many other media outlets. He has also given numerous speeches, moderated forum discussions, and made appearances at events at Harvard University, Cornell, Georgetown, UCLA, University of Southern California, University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and other academic institutions.
A native of Syracuse, he graduated from Cornell University in 1987 with a double major in government and English. He and his wife live in the Washington D.C. area with their four children.