David Ignatius is a Washington Post columnist with a wide-ranging career in journalism, having served at various times as a reporter, foreign correspondent and editor. He has also written widely for magazines and published six novels.
Ignatius’s twice-weekly column on global politics, economics and international affairs debuted on The Washington Post op-ed page in January 1999, and has been syndicated worldwide by The Washington Post Writers Group. The column won the 2000 Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary and a 2004 Edward Weintal Prize.
From September 2000 to January 2003, Ignatius served as executive editor of the Paris-based International Herald Tribune. Prior to becoming a columnist, Ignatius was the Post´s assistant managing editor in charge of business news, a position he assumed in 1993. He served as the Post´s foreign editor from 1990 to 1992, supervising the paper´s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. From 1986 to 1990, he was editor of the Post´s Sunday Outlook section.
Before joining the Post in 1986, Ignatius spent 10 years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He covered the Justice Department, the CIA and the U.S. Senate in Washington, and from 1980 to 1983 covered wars in Lebanon and Iraq as the Journal’s Middle East correspondent. He returned to Washington in 1984 as the Journal´s chief diplomatic correspondent and received the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting in 1985. Before joining the Wall Street Journal, Ignatius was an editor at The Washington Monthly. He has published articles in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Talk Magazine and The Washington Monthly.
Ignatius has written six novels: "Agents of Innocence," published in 1987 by W.W. Norton; "SIRO," published in 1991 by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux; "The Bank of Fear," published in 1994 by William Morrow; "A Firing Offense," published in 1997 by Random House; "The Sun King," published in 1999 by Random House; and "Body of Lies," which will be published in April 2007 by W.W. Norton.
Raised in Washington, D.C., Ignatius graduated from Harvard College in 1973 and received a diploma in economics from Kings’ College, Cambridge University. Ignatius is married to Dr. Eve Ignatius and has three daughters.