Josh Meyer is the domestic security correspondent at USA Today. He reports on terrorism, black markets and trafficking, counternarcotics, organized crime, corruption, and intelligence and law enforcement reform. Meyer is a frequent speaker on national security and investigative reporting issues, and a regular guest on NPR, BBC, PBS, CNN, and other major network TV and radio outlets. He is also frequently invited by intelligence, law enforcement, and military agencies to talk about issues of national security and terrorism. He also leads the Medill National Security Reporting Project, an annual three-month undertaking in which 10 postgraduate students investigate a topic of current national security interest and build an innovative multimedia/interactive project in collaboration with professional news organizations like The Washington Post and McClatchy News Service. Meyer continues to work as a national security journalist, writing for Reuters, Der Spiegel, The Boston Globe, Salon, and other media organizations, as well as writing books.
At the Times, Meyer was a staff writer for 20 years, the last nine as its chief terrorism/national security reporter in Washington. He won or shared in numerous local, state, and national awards at the paper, including two Pulitzer Prizes, and an Overseas Press Club award for his investigative reporting before 9/11 on Al Qaeda’s efforts to establish a covert US presence and to launch attacks on US soil. Before moving to Washington in 2001, he covered police, politics, and government and worked on project teams for the newspaper. His work resulted in significant changes and reforms at the local, state, and federal levels, numerous corruption investigations, and at least three criminal convictions.