The Education of Lieutenant Kerreyby Gregory Vistica

Bio of Gregory Vistica

Greg VisticaGREGORY VISTICA  is an award-winning investigative journalist and author who has worked at national and large metropolitan dailies, national magazines and for network television.

He has covered national security and foreign affairs, with a heavy emphasis investigating the intelligence community, as a correspondent for Newsweek, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a staff writer for The Washington Post, a producer for 60 Minutes II, and a military affairs writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The New York Times, in nominating Vistica for a Pulitzer Prize for exposing Senator Bob Kerrey’s role in a Vietnam massacre, called his work “enterprising reporting at its finest.” In addition to being selected as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the national reporting category, he has won a Peabody, and a George Polk award for breaking the Tailhook scandal, which led to historic reforms in the military. Polk jurors said his ground-breaking coverage of the Navy made “Tailhook almost as recognizable a code word as Watergate or Teapot Dome.” He was nominated for an Emmy by CBS, received a Heywood Broun honorable mention, and was a finalist in the International Consortium For Investigative Journalists competition. Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) also selected his work for finalist honors in its journalism awards. Brill’s Content described his journalism as “nuanced and meticulous.”

He has broken stories about C.I.A. “cyberspying” and covert operations in Afghanistan, Haiti, Yugoslavia, and Iraq, and covered a range of topics from counter-terrorism, germ warfare and the FBI, to campaign finance irregularities, war crimes, and street gangs in the U.S. military.

He is the author of “The Education of Lieutenant Kerrey,” a book about Senator Kerrey and Vietnam, and “Fall From Glory: The Men Who Sank the U.S. Navy,” a contemporary history. A New York Times review said Fall From Glory was “full of revelations at even the highest levels of power.” The Washington Post said his Kerrey book was a “sobering reminder” about the fog of war, with the Seattle Times saying it “deserves to be read for…the valuable lesson it tells about how public-service journalism is crafted.” Michael Ignatieff, the director of Harvard’s program in human rights, said Vistica’s coverage of Kerrey would be studied in university seminars for years to come.

Vistica received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University in 1987. He completed Master’s course work there in journalism and international relations in 1988. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

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