Mark Mazzetti is Washington Investigations Editor for The New York Times, a job he assumed after covering national security from The Times’ Washington bureau for 10 years.
He is the author of The Way of the Knife: The CIA, A Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, which was published in 2013 and became a New York Times bestseller. It has been translated into more than ten languages.
In 2009, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the intensifying violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Washington's response. The previous year, he was a Pulitzer finalist for reporting on the C.I.A.'s detention and interrogation program.
Before joining The Times, Mazzetti was a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where he covered the Pentagon and military affairs from June 2004 until April 2006. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, he has made several reporting trips to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.
From 2001 through 2004 he was the Pentagon correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, covering defense and national security. During the war in Iraq in 2003, he spent two months embedded with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and as a reporter in Baghdad. Before joining U.S. News, he worked as a correspondent for The Economist, based in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Tex. from 1998 until 2001. While with The Economist, he covered national politics, including the candidacy of George W Bush, as well as business, general news and culture stories in the Southwest.
Mazzetti is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award, the first time in 2010 for coverage (with colleague Dexter Filkins) of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the second in 2015 for an investigation into operations by Navy SEALs. He received the 2006 Gerald R Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense, and in 2008 won the Livingston Award in the category of national reporting for breaking the story of the C.I.A.'s destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of Qaeda detainees.