NEW YORK—On April 9, PEN and Fordham Law’s Center on National Security will present a panel of some of the nations most prominent National Security reporters to discuss and debate the secrecy and silence shrouding the field today. Panelists include Spencer Ackerman, a member of The Guardian’s Pulitzer Prize-winning team that broke the Edward Snowden documents; Cora Currier, national security reporter at The Intercept and former New Yorker editor; The Washington Post’s Adam Goldman, a former member part of the Associated Press team that won the 2012 Pulitzer for their months-long series on the New York Police Department’s surveillance of Muslim communities; Janet Reitman, who gained international acclaim for her Rolling Stone cover story on the Boston Marathon bombings; and VICE politics editor Grace Wyler. Fordham Law’s Center on National Security Director Karen Greenberg moderates.

The Obama Administration has been characterized by aggressive prosecution of national security leaks, including efforts to force journalists to identify their sources. Panelists will address this challenging new environment of government secrecy and classification, and how it affects reporting on the national security establishment, the media’s role as a government watchdog, and the public’s demand for objectivity.

WHO: PEN American Center and the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School

WHAT: The Challenges of National Security Reporting, a panel featuring investigative journalists Spencer Ackerman, Cora Currier, Adam Goldman, Janet Reitman, and Grace Wyler

WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 6:30-8pm

WHERE: Fordham University’s Leon Lowenstein Center, 113 West 60th St., New York

Press wishing to attend must RSVP by email to by April 8.

Press photographs from this event will be available on April 10 at


Founded in 1922, PEN American Center is an association of 4,000 U.S. writers working at the intersection of literature and free expression to defend persecuted writers, advocate for creative freedom, and strengthen literary culture worldwide.

The Center on National Security at Fordham Law School (CNS) is a non-partisan research and educational institute dedicated to enhancing public understanding of the complex security challenges of the 21st century and to promoting intelligent policy recommendations.


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