Joby Warrick (born August 4, 1960) is an American journalist who has worked for The Washington Post since 1996, mostly writing about the Middle East, diplomacy and national security. He has also written about the intelligence community, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and the environment, and has also served as a member of the Post's investigation branch. His work has been recognized with two Pulitzer Prizes.

Joby Warrick
Born (1960-08-04) August 4, 1960 (age 59)
EducationB.A., Temple University
Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS
Awards1996 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (named contributor)
2016 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction


He was given the 2003 Bob Consadine Award for best interpretation of international affairs in a newspaper by the Overseas Press Club of America, for his articles about proliferation threats.[1] In September 2002, Warrick was one of the first journalists to publish reports casting doubt on the Bush administration's claims that aluminum tubes discovered in Iraq were appropriate for use in uranium centrifuges.[2] A February, 2013 report by Warrick about ceramic ring magnets which Iran made an effort to procure was criticized by scientists for the report's assertion that the magnets were specially suited for nuclear fuel enrichment.[3] Warrick responded that despite other possible uses for the magnets, the large number of them that Iran attempted to obtain was consistent with public declarations Iran had made to the International Atomic Energy Agency about its intent to increase its number of operating centrifuges.

Warrick is the author of "The Triple Agent", a narrative culminating in the December 30, 2009, Camp Chapman attack in Afghanistan, which resulted in the murder of seven CIA employees by a suicide bomber.[4][5][6] Warrick credits Bob Woodward for helping him structure the book's manuscript.[7]

Prior to his work at The Washington Post, Warrick reported for The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina. The newspaper received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a series of articles by Warrick, Melanie Sill and Pat Stith "on the environmental and health risks of waste disposal systems used in North Carolina's growing hog industry".[8][9] The North Carolina native was previously an Eastern Europe correspondent for UPI and also worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Delaware County Daily Times.

Warrick was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for his book Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS.

Personal lifeEdit

An alumnus of Temple University, Warrick lives in Washington, D.C., and has two children by his wife Maryanne Jordan Warrick.


  • The Triple Agent. Doubleday. 2011. ISBN 978-0-385-53418-5.
  • Black Flags: the Rise of ISIS. Doubleday. 2015. ISBN 978-0-385-53821-3.


  1. ^ "Bob Consadine Award, 2003". Overseas Press Club Of America. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  2. ^ Kurtz, Howard (August 12, 2004). "The Post on WMDs: An Inside Story". Washington Post. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  3. ^ Butt, Yousef (February 20, 2013). "Iran Centrifuge Magnet Story Technically Questionable". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Al-Qaida 'Triple Agent' Who Infiltrated The CIA". National Public Radio. July 19, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "After Words with Joby Warrick". C-SPAN Book TV. July 11, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Rutter, John (September 3, 2011). "Hempfield grad spied a story". Lancaster Online. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
  7. ^ "Q & A with Billy Warden and Greg Behringer: Joby Warrick". Walter: Raleigh's Life & Soul. October 31, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "The 1996 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Public Service". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved August 11, 2012. With short biography of Sill and reprints of 9 works (February 1995 News Observer articles).
  9. ^ Prasad, Meghna (October 17, 2002). "Joby Warrick Comes Home". Temple Alumni News. Retrieved August 6, 2012.

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