Don Oberdorfer (born 1931) is an American professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and was a journalist for 38 years, 25 of them with The Washington Post. He is the author of five books and several academic papers. His book, Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great American Statesman and Diplomat, won the D.B. Hardeman Prize in 2003.
Oberdorfer graduated from Princeton University and went to South Korea as a U.S. Army lieutenant after the signing of the armistice that ended the Korean War. In 1955 he joined The Charlotte Observer, and eventually found a job with The Washington Post. During the next 25 years, he worked for The Post, serving as White House correspondent, Northeast Asia correspondent, and diplomatic correspondent. He retired in 1993.
- Published in an updated edition as From the Cold War to the New Era: The United States and the Soviet Union, 1983-1991, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998, ISBN 0-8018-5922-0.
- Princeton University: The First 250 Years, Princeton University Press, October 30, 1995, ISBN 0-691-01122-2.
- The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History, Perseus Books, October 1, 1997, ISBN 0-201-40927-5.
- Published in a revised and updated edition, Basic Books, February 5, 2002, ISBN 0-465-05162-6.
- Published in a revised and updated third edition, Basic Books, December 10, 2013, ISBN 0-465-03123-8.
- Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great American Statesman and Diplomat, Smithsonian Books, October 1, 2003, ISBN 1-58834-166-6.
Selected Articles and Papers
- Don Oberderfer and Donald Gregg, "A Moment to Seize With North Korea", Washington Post, June 22, 2005 
- Don Oberdorfer, "The United States and South Korea: Can This Alliance Last?", Policy Forum Online, November 17, 2005. 
- Don Oberdorfer and Hajime Izumi, "The United States, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula: Coordinating Policies and Objectives".
- Don Oberdorfer, "Hue Red Report Found", Milwaukee Sentinel, December 6, 1969. Sentinel