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New York Times White House Correspondent to Lecture at Juniata

(Posted January 29, 2007)

David E. Sanger, New York Times White House Bureau Chief

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- David E. Sanger, the chief White House correspondent for the New York Times, will give a lecture at Juniata College on national journalism at 7 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 6, in Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Academic Center on the Juniata campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Sanger also will visit several Juniata classrooms during his stay. David E. Sanger has been the top White House correspondent for the New York Times for most of the presidency of President George W. Bush. He has done major reporting on many of the most stunning Washington-based news stories of the past six years, including the Bush Administration\'s policies on the war in Iraq, the emergence of the Iraq Study Group, the investigation into the \"outing\" of Valerie Plame as a covert C.I.A. agent, and many other stories. In addition, Sanger has provided astute analysis of the historical legacy of the Bush Administration, charting the triumphs and the failures of the administration\'s reaction to the September 11th terror attacks, the decisions to invade Afghanistan and then Iraq, the domestic initiatives to privatize Social Security and the continuing consequences of the war in Iraq and its effect on domestic and international politics. Sanger has been a reporter at the New York Times since 1982, when he was hired as a business reporter covering the computer and technology industry. He has twice been a member of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting teams. He broke important stories in the paper\'s coverage of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, including what NASA knew about the flaws in the shuttle\'s design and that agency engineers had raised objections about launching the shuttle. These stories and others resulted in the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He also was a member of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team in 1999 for national reporting on the struggles within the administration of President Bill Clinton to control exports of technology to China. Before taking on the White House beat in 1999, Sanger established himself as an economic reporter, specializing in how America\'s domestic economic policies affect the global economy. He covered international business first as a correspondent and later as bureau chief in Tokyo from the mid-1980s to 1994. He covered the rise of Japan as a world economic power and also foresaw the emergence of China as a major economic force in the global economy. He also has accomplished major reporting on global nuclear proliferation, writing some of the first stories on North Korea\'s secret nuclear weapons program and the rise of nuclear \"entrepreneurs\" such as Pakistan\'s Abdul Khadeer Khan, who spread weapons technology to Libya, Iran and North Korea. After his return from Asia he was named the chief Washington, D.C. economic correspondent in 1994 and was promoted to senior writer, then White House correspondent in 1999. He became chief White House correspondent in 2006. He earned a bachelor\'s degree in government from Harvard College in 1982. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.