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Charlie Savage and Presidential Power

Presented By: Charlie Savage, The New York Times
When Sep 23, 2014
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where 102 Paterno Library, Foster Auditorium
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Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have overseen a series of extraordinary national security policies including targeted killings, National Security Agency surveillance, detention without trial, and more. The pervasive secrecy that the executive branch has draped over these policies – and a secret body of law it has written to authorize and govern many of them – has raised the importance of investigative journalism. But an unprecedented wave of leak prosecutions, fueled in part by new technology that has made it far easier for the government to identify who is talking to journalists, is chilling potential sources of unauthorized disclosures for public consumption. The result is a defining challenge to democratic accountability amid an era of seemingly endless war.


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Savage is a Washington correspondent for the New York Times. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Savage graduatedsumma cum laude from Harvard College in 1998 and later earned a master's degree from Yale Law School while on a Knight Foundation journalism fellowship. He began his career as a local government and politics reporter for the Miami Herald, and covered national legal affairs for the Boston Globe from 2003 to 2008 before moving to the Times. Savage lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, the journalist Luiza Ch. Savage of Maclean's Magazine, and their sons, William and Peter.

Savage's work on presidential power and other legal policy matters has been widely recognized. His articles in the Boston Globe received the Pulitzer Prizefor National Reporting, the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. Savage's book about the growth of executive power, Takeover, was named one of the best books of 2007 by The Washington PostSlate, and Esquire. The book also received the bipartisan Constitution Project's inaugural Award for Constitutional Commentary, the NCTE George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language (pdf), and the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

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