He has identified the locations of CIA prisons, revealed the long-term effects of American torture, and uncovered the secret government mission responsible for an American businessman's disappearance in Iran. He has covered federal law enforcement and security matters for more than a decade, though there have been occasional dalliances with international football, college football, Wall Street and the environment.
Before joining The Times, he was a reporter with The Associated Press. There he received the Pulitzer Prize for showing how the New York Police Department, working with the CIA, systematically spied on Muslim Americans. That work led to the book Enemies Within, which he co-authored with longtime colleague Adam Goldman.
He covered the mass shootings at Virginia Tech and in Newtown, Conn., as well as numerous federal investigations. Before moving to Washington, he was part of an AP team in Connecticut that exposed corruption in state government. He began his career as a reporter for the Standard-Times in New Bedford, Mass., where he covered corruption, drug trafficking and organized crime in America’s busiest fishing town.
He has flown in a Blackhawk, slept in his car after Hurricane Katrina, successfully argued a motion from the gallery in federal court, and generally had more fun than he anticipated when it became clear he would never get into medical school.