Barton Gellman and Dafna Linzer

Journalism, Accountability and the Law

Thu, 02/16/2012
By invitation only
Graduate Students
Policy Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to the next dinner in this year's series, Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers, where our guests will be Barton Gellman '82, Lecturer of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, and Dafna Linzer, senior reporter at ProPublica, to discuss"Journalism, Accountability and the Law."

This event is by invitation only. If interested, please e-mail Judi Rivkin at

Bart Gellman '82 is author of the bestselling "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency" (Penguin Press 2008), a contributing Editor-at-Large at Time magazine, and Lecturer and Author in Residence at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. Until early 2010, he was a special projects reporter at The Washington Post, following tours that covered diplomacy, the Middle East, the Pentagon, and the D.C. superior court. His Cheney series, with partner Jo Becker, won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize, a George Polk Award, and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Gellman also shared a 2002 Pulitzer for national reporting on "comprehensive coverage of America's war on terrorism, which regularly brought forth new information together with skilled analysis of unfolding developments." His work has been honored by the Overseas Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He is the author of "Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power." Gellman graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School and earned a master's degree in politics at University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.

Dafna Linzer is a senior reporter for ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom specializing in investigative journalism in the public interest. Her coverage of Guantanamo and detention in the Obama Presidency won the 2010 Overseas Press Club award for General Excellence and was honored by the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel award. She was been a national security reporter for The Washington Post, covering intelligence and nonproliferation, 2004-2008. Linzer's coverage of the Iranian nuclear issue won the United Nations 2005 Gold Medal award for international reporting. Before joining the Post, she spent 10 years as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press. Based in Jerusalem, New York, and the United Nations, she reported from more than a dozen countries covering terrorism, nonproliferation, and conflict. Her reporting from Baghdad, on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction, won national attention and praise, ending with her report that the fruitless hunt had quietly come to an end.