Tom Squitieri

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Tom Squitieri
Born (1953-08-25) August 25, 1953 (age 63)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Alma mater Washington & Jefferson College
Occupation Journalist

Tom Squitieri (born August 25, 1953) is an American journalist, public speaker, and public relations specialist.

Squitieri was a reporter with USA Today.[1] After the September 11, 2001 attacks,[2][3] he reported from the Pentagon[4] as well as Iraq,[5] Uzbekistan, Turkey and Italy. Other experience included presidential and congressional campaigns in 2000[6] and 1996, Capitol Hill, various Bill Clinton and political scandals, crime, drugs, arms smuggling and lead reporting on breaking news stories. Foreign assignments include an array of conflicts around the world, including the 1989 Panama invasion, Haiti (1991–1997), Northern Ireland, 1991 Gulf War (Iran, Iraq, Turkey), Moldova (1992), former Yugoslavia (1992–1996), Burundi and Rwanda[7] (1993–1994), Central Asia and Afghanistan[8][9] (2001–2003), Iraq[10] (2003–2004).

Squitieri was forced to resign from USA Today in May 2005 after a dispute over attribution of quotes he reported in a story revealing Pentagon failures to properly up-armor vehicles in Iraq.[11][12][13]

Since leaving USA Today, Squitieri has written columns for the Foreign Policy Association,[14] The Hill[15] and articles for Newsmax magazine.[16][17]

Squitieri wrote three articles for the Huffington Post in 2011 that were later deleted for "not adequately disclos[ing] a material conflict of interest."[18] The action was taken after a controversial article that supported Bahrain's governmental crackdown on protests in the country; Salon later reported that he had obfuscated his employment with Qorvis Communications, a company that is registered as a pro-Bahrain lobbyist in the US.[19]


  1. ^ "Tom Squitieri bio". USA Today. March 5, 1999. 
  2. ^ Squitieri, Tom (May 5, 2002). "Cyberspace full of terror targets". USA Today. 
  3. ^ Squitieri, Tom (April 18, 2004). "NORAD had drills of jets as weapons". USA Today. 
  4. ^ Squitieri, Tom (Oct 27, 2003). "Nation's back off on sending troops to Iraq". USA Today. 
  5. ^ Squitieri, Tom (July 22, 2004). "Army: Much higher estimates of abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan". USA Today. 
  6. ^ "Tom Squitieri at the 2000 Republican National Convention". Getty Images. 
  7. ^ "Africa – Continent in Need of Coverage". Newseum. 
  8. ^ "Back From The Front: Journalists Report on Their Experiences in Afghanistan". Brookings Institution. 
  9. ^ "Countdown with Keith Olbermann". MSNBC. July 23, 2004. 
  10. ^ Squitieri, Tom (April 1, 2004). "Role of security companies likely to become more visible". USA Today. 
  11. ^ "USA Tomorrow". American Journalism Review. August–September 2005. 
  12. ^ "Food for thought on Squitieri firing". A Capital Idea. 
  13. ^ Kurtz, Howard (2005-05-06). "USA Today Reporter Resigns". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  14. ^ Squitieri, Tom. "Tom Squitieri archive". Foreign Policy Association. 
  15. ^ Squitieri, Tom. "On an island far, far away..". The Hill. 
  16. ^ Squitieri, Tom. "A Godsend to the GOP". Newsmax. 
  17. ^ Squitieri, Tom (May 14, 2010). "Palin Says a New 'Emerging Feminist Coalition' Will Change the nation". Newsmax. 
  18. ^ "Tom Squitieri". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  19. ^ Silverstein, Ken (2011-12-08). "How Bahrain works Washington". Salon. Retrieved 2016-04-07.