Viveca Novak

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Viveca Novak is an American journalist who has worked as the editorial and communications director at the Center for Responsive Politics since 2011. She was previously a Washington correspondent for Time and The Wall Street Journal. She is a frequent guest on CNN, NBC, PBS, and Fox.

Time announced in its issue of December 5, 2005, that Novak was cooperating with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation of the Valerie Plame leak. She is not related to Robert Novak, another journalist involved in the incident.

Role in the Valerie Plame Scandal[edit]

On December 2, 2005, The New York Times reported that Karl Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, learned from Novak that one of her colleagues at Time, Matthew Cooper, had interviewed Rove about Plame. Her conversation with Luskin may have set in motion events that caused Rove to change his earlier grand jury testimony.[1] Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald did not seek perjury charges against Rove, possibly because it was unclear whether or not Rove intended to testify falsely the first time. Rove attributed his changed testimony to faulty memory.[2] Novak wrote her own account of the experience in Time.[3]

Education and Awards[edit]



  • Sigma Delta Chi Award, public service in online journalism[4]
  • Harvard University's Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting
  • Clarion Award for investigative reporting
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors Award


  • Inside the Wire : A Military Intelligence Soldier's Eyewitness Account of Life at Guantanamo, co-authored with Erik Saar, 2005 (ISBN 1-59420-066-1)


  1. ^ Richard W. Stevenson; Douglas Jehl (December 2, 2005). "In C.I.A. Leak, More Talks With Journalists". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ David Johnston; Jim Rutenberg (June 13, 2006). "Rove Won't Face Indictment in C.I.A. Leak Case". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Viveca Novak (December 19, 2005). "What Viveca Novak Told Fitzgerald". Time. 
  4. ^ "Public Service in Online Journalism: Independent: "Dark Money Dealings," by Robert Maguire and Viveca Novak, OpenSecrets Blog". Sigma Delta Chi Awards 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 

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