Thomas S. Blanton

Johanna Lawshea

Thomas S. Blanton is Director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  In April 2000, the Archive won U.S. journalism’s George Polk Award for “piercing self-serving veils of government secrecy, guiding journalists in search for the truth, and informing us all.”  A graduate of Harvard University, he filed his first Freedom of Information Act request in 1976 as a weekly newspaper reporter in Minnesota.  His articles have since appeared in The International Herald-Tribune, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Slate, the Wilson Quarterly, and many other publications.  He is the author of numerous books, most recently Masterpieces of History: The Peaceful End of the Cold War in Europe, 1989, co-authored with Svetlana Savranskaya and Vladislav Zubok, which won the Arthur S. Link-Warren F. Kuehl Prize for Documentary Editing. He is also a contributor to After Snowden: Privacy, Secrecy, and Security in the Information Age (Thomas Dunne Books).