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Pulitzer Prize Winner and New York Times National Security Correspondent David Sanger to Speak at OU

Pulitzer Prize Winner and New York Times National Security Correspondent David Sanger to Speak at OU

August 11, 2021

David Sanger, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and national security correspondent for The New York Times, will speak at a University of Oklahoma Presidential Speakers Series dinner, set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, in the Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave., on the OU Norman campus.

In a fireside chat with former AT&T CEO and OU alumnus Randall Stephenson, Sanger will discuss his latest book, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age, which examines the threats and impacts of cyberattacks on society. Sanger’s reporting career with The New York Times has spanned nearly four decades, and he is known for his extensive research and investigative journalism.

“As a veteran national security correspondent, David Sanger has covered scores of major global events with international implications, earning him widespread acclaim for his insightful analyses,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “In his talk, he will explore how cyberattacks have completely changed the paradigm of foreign intelligence gathering and covert sabotage. We look forward to this engaging discussion, led by global telecommunications leader and OU graduate Randall Stephenson.”

Over the course of his career with The New York Times, Sanger has been a member of three teams that have won Pulitzer Prizes – one in 2017 for international reporting, one in 1987 for investigating the cause of the Challenger disaster, and one in 1999 for investigating the struggles within the Clinton administration over controlling technology exports to China. While with The New York Times, he has also served as Tokyo bureau chief, Washington economic correspondent, White House correspondent during the Clinton and Bush administrations, and chief Washington correspondent.

Sanger is also the author of two The New York Times bestsellers on foreign policy and national security. The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power presents an in-depth examination of American foreign policy successes and failures, which TIME magazine called a “behind-the-scenes account … laced with scoops and secret conversations about a world spinning out of America’s control.” Sanger’s book Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power offers a thorough analysis of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, including its covert reliance on cyberwarfare, drones and special operations forces.

In addition to his Pulitzer Prize awards, Sanger has received a number of other prestigious honors during his 35 years as a foreign correspondent: the Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting for his coverage of the Iraq and Korea crises; the Aldo Beckman Award for Journalistic Excellence for his presidential coverage; and he is a two-time recipient of the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for his coverage of national security issues.

Sanger can often be seen on CNN as a national security and political contributor and is a frequent guest on CBS This Morning, Face the Nation and PBS. He speaks on a wide range of diplomatic and national security issues and teaches national security policy as a visiting scholar and adjunct professor at Harvard University, his alma mater.

Limited seating is available by reservation for OU students, faculty, staff and alumni with overflow seating available to the public. For reservations, more information and accommodations, email or call (405) 325-1701.

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