Shane Harris

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Shane Harris
Shane Harris (2014).jpg
EducationWake Forest University, B.A. in politics
EmployerThe Washington Post
Notable work
The Watchers

Shane Harris is an American journalist and author. He is a senior national security writer at the Washington Post.[1] He specializes in coverage of America's intelligence agencies.[2] He is author of the books The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State and @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex, about the impact of cyberspace as the American military's "fifth-domain" of war.

Harris is currently an ASU Future of War Fellow at New America Foundation.[3] He is also a co-host of the Rational Security podcast.


Shane Harris joined the Washington Post on December 22, 2017, after having joined the Wall Street Journal in May 2017.[4] Prior to working for the Wall Street Journal, Harris was the Senior Intelligence and National Security Correspondent for the Daily Beast in 2014 and as a subsequent contributor,[5] a senior writer for Foreign Policy magazine, a senior contributor for The Washingtonian, and a staff correspondent at National Journal from 2005-2010.[6][7]

Political views[edit]

Harris is known to be a strong opponent of the worldwide mass surveillance activities of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). In an interview with TIME magazine, Harris said that "We've crossed into this era where surveillance and surveillance capabilities in the government are just a reality", and expressed doubt that the United States Congress will limit the practice of mass surveillance in the United States.[8]

Journalism honours[edit]

In 2010, Harris received the 24th annual Gerald R. Ford Prize for "Distinguished Reporting on National Defense".[9] In 2019, Harris and others at the Washington Post were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their coverage of the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.[10]


Harris is the author of The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State, which won the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2011.[11] The Economist described the book as a "vivid, well-reported and intellectually sophisticated account of the surveillance state", and named it as one of several "Books of the Year" (2010).[12] He is also the author of @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex, which Lawfare described as, superb, noting that, "Few books on a subject as technical as network security can be fairly described as riveting, but Harris has managed to pull off a rare feat: a story that is simultaneously rigorous, comprehensive, and a joy to read".[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ WashPostPR (December 21, 2017). "Shane Harris joins national desk as intelligence reporter". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "People should know what intelligence agencies are doing with information". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. December 5, 2013. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  3. ^ "Shane Harris - ASU Future of War Fellow". New America Foundation. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Author Page Shane Harris". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  5. ^ "Author Page Shane Harris". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "". Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  7. ^ "Shane Harris - Senior Staff Writer". Foreign Policy. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  8. ^ Q&A: Shane Harris, on His New Book, 'The Watchers' (March 18, 2010). "Alexandra Silver". Time. Retrieved December 25, 2013.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Shane Harris, Reporting on National Defense". Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  10. ^ "The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Public Service". Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Angela Montefinise (June 10, 2011). "A Journalist to Watch: Shane Harris Talks Scandal, Surveillance and the State of Reporting". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  12. ^ "Books of the Year: Page turners". The Economist. December 2, 2010. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  13. ^ Alan Rozenshtein (May 15, 2015). "Book Reviews". Lawfare. Retrieved June 16, 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Shane Harris at Wikimedia Commons