Ted Gup directs the department of journalism at Emerson College in Boston. A former staff writer for the Washington Post and Time magazine, is the author of Nation of Secrets: The Threat To Democracy And The American Way Of Life, (Doubleday, June 2007) and The Book of Honor: Covert Lives And Classified Deaths At The CIA, (Doubleday, 2000, Anchor Paperback 2001).
He has been a Pulitzer finalist and the recipient of numerous awards, including the George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize, the Gerald Loeb Award, and the Book-of-the-Year Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors (for The Book of Honor). He has been a Fulbright Scholar to China (1985-1986), a grantee of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a Fellow of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.
A call to dedicate a beat to the subject of secrecy
COMMENTARY | December 15, 2010
In Nieman Reports, Ted Gup cites secrecy as an instrument of government used to 'obscure process, avoid accountability, suppress dissent and concentrate power.'
Calling for a secrecy beat
COMMENTARY | April 29, 2008
Ted Gup writes that reporters should be writing about the emerging 'secretocracy' that threatens to profoundly alter our entire system of governance, neutering oversight efforts and marginalizing citizens. He advocates writing not just about the secrets we can uncover, but also about the information that has been denied us.
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