Robert O'Harrow Jr. is an investigative reporter on the Financial desk at The Washington Post, who has recently focussed on government contracting, fraud, waste and abuse. He is now exploring the interection of the Intelligence Community and commercial world.
O'Harrow had previously carved out beat about the data revolution, uncovering stories about the use of personal information that spurred changes in state and federal law. In 1999, he was a finalist for the Gerald Loeb award for business reporting. In 2000, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for a series about privacy and technology, and in 2003, he was the recipient of the Carnegie Mellon Cybersecurity Award.
In 2006, O’Harrow and his reporting partner, Scott Higham, won the top award for investigative reporting from Investigative Reporters and Editors for a series of stories about contracting fraud, waste and abuse called, “The High Price of Homeland Security.”
O’Harrow is the author of the book No Place to Hide, which focuses on surveillance and national security in the post-9/11 world. He was co-producer of a radio documentary by the same name.