Washington, D.C.—The Center for Public Integrity has named R. Jeffrey Smith as managing editor of the National Security Reporting Desk, effective Sept. 26.
Smith worked for 25 years in a series of key reporting and editorial roles at The Washington Post. In 2006, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, along with two colleagues at the Post, for articles on House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Smith was also a finalist with other Post reporters for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 1999 (from Kosovo), and a finalist with others for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting in 2005 (about Abu Ghraib and military prisoner abuse).
Smith joined The Washington Post in 1986 as national security correspondent, and for the next 10 years wrote about defense, intelligence and foreign policy matters, including policymaking at the State Department, Pentagon, and White House. He also focused on conflict and terrorism in the Middle East; politics and military affairs in Asia; and arms proliferation. Prior to that, Smith was a senior writer for the News and Comment section of Science Magazine where he won a National Magazine Award in 1986 for writing about arms control.
In addition, Smith is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.