David Finkel

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David Finkel
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David Finkel at the 2013 Texas Book Festival.
Born David Louis Finkel
October 28, 1955
Occupation Reporter, writer
Education University of Florida
Notable awards MacArthur Fellow
Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting

David Louis Finkel (born October 28, 1955) is an American journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 as a staff writer at The Washington Post.[1][2] He is currently[when?] assigned to the national staff as an enterprise reporter. He has also worked for the Post′s foreign staff division. He wrote The Good Soldiers and Thank You for Your Service. He is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow.[3]


Finkel's book The Good Soldiers describes several months he spent in 2007 as an embedded reporter with 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, also known as the "2-16 Rangers", as they worked to stabilize a portion of Baghdad.[4]

The logs of Chelsea Manning's IM chats with Adrian Lamo state that David Finkel had the video which was released as Collateral Murder by Wikileaks but did not release it.[5] David Finkel has never publicly disclosed whether he had the video or not. In a washingtonpost.com webchat, he said, "I based the account in my book The Good Soldiers on multiple sources, all unclassified. Without going into details, I'll say the best source of information was being there [in Iraq]."[6]

In his personal statements to court, Manning agrees that parts of Finkel's account are quoted from the same source "verbatim", yet he asserts that other events from the source were clearly fabricated by Finkel.[7]



Personal life[edit]

He lives in the Washington, DC area.[12]


  1. ^ a b "The 2006 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Explanatory Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-01. With short biography and reprints of 3 works (December 2005 Washington Post articles).
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20080513103458/http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/narrative/digest/resources/bios/finkel-d.html. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved February 18, 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "2012 MacArthur Foundation 'Genius Grant' Winners". 1 October 2012. AP. Retrieved 1 October 2012. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Book Discussion on The Good Soldiers". C-SPAN. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2015. David Finkel talked about his book The Good Soldiers (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; September 15, 2009). In his book he recounts the fifteen months he spent with Army Battalion 2-16, part of the U.S. forces that carried out the “the surge” in 2007-2008. Battalion 2-16 was charged with securing part of Baghdad. Mr. Finkel read passages from his book and talked about his experiences with the soldiers in Iraq. He talked about how their tour of duty changed the soldiers and their evaluations of the success of the surge. He also responded to questions from members of the audience. 
  5. ^ Poulsen, Kevin; Zetter, Kim (10 June 2010). "'I Can't Believe What I'm Confessing to You': The Wikileaks Chats". Wired. 
  6. ^ Finkel, David (6 April 2010). "Video shows death of 2 Reuters employees in Baghdad attack". The Washington Post. 
  7. ^ "Bradley Manning's statements during his trial". The Guardian. London. 1 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project winners". Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Kirsten Reach (January 14, 2014). "NBCC finalists announced". Melville House Publishing. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media - Austen Riggs Center". 
  12. ^ http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/whats_on/pritzker-military-presents/david-finkel-thank-you-your-service/ Promotional announcement for Finkel's 2013 appearance at the Pitzker Military Library

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