Ken Silverstein

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This article is about the Harper's Magazine editor and contributor. For the business journalist, see Ken Silverstein (columnist).

Ken Silverstein is an American editor covering the Washington bureau for Harper's Magazine. In addition to contributing to the print edition of Harper's Magazine, Silverstein publishes a weblog entitled "Washington Babylon" on the magazine's website. He resides in Washington, D.C.


Silverstein worked for the Los Angeles Times as an investigative reporter, for The Associated Press in Brazil, and has written for Mother Jones, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Slate, and Salon.[1]

Silverstein is a self-described "vole" in the newspaper business, and an opponent of what he considers "false 'balance'" in the news media.[1]

In 1993, Silverstein started CounterPunch, a political newsletter. Silverstein left this publication in 1996.

He drew attention in 2007 for a report in which he went undercover as part of an investment group with business interests in Turkmenistan, raising questions about journalistic ethics. Silverstein said that he could not have exposed the willingness of the companies to work with a Stalinist dictatorship using conventional journalism methods.[2][3][4]

In 2014 Silverstein was hired as a columnist at the website The Intercept.



  • Washington Babylon, Verso Books, 1996 (co-authored with Alexander Cockburn)
  • Private Warriors, Verso Books, 2000
  • Washington on $10 Million A Day: How Lobbyists Plunder the Nation, Common Courage Press, 2002
  • The Radioactive Boy Scout: The True Story of a Boy and His Backyard Nuclear Reactor, Random House, 2004
  • Turkmeniscam: How Washington Lobbyists Fought to Flack for a Stalinist Dictatorship, Random House, 2008
  • The Secret World of Oil, Verso, 2014



  1. ^ a b "Ken Silverstein". Harper's. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Ken Silverstein". PBS. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  3. ^ "In New Expose, Ken Silverstein Goes Undercover to Find Out What US Lobbyists Do For Dictators". Democracy Now. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  4. ^ Silverstein, Ken (2007-06-30). "Undercover, under fire". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 

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