David Wood, 62, has been a journalist since 1970, a staff correspondent for Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Newhouse News Service and The Baltimore Sun. He covers military issues, foreign affairs and combat operations, and is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting. He recently won the Headliner Award for his Iraq coverage.
His journalism career began at Pioneer Press, a chain of Chicago suburban weekly newspapers, where he covered local cops and crime, schools and politicians. From 1977 to 1980 he was Time Magazine's Nairobi bureau chief, covering guerrilla warfare, conflict and upheaval across Africa. Back in Washington, he covered the State Department for the Washington Star until its demise, and then served as the Pentagon correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote for the 28 newspapers of the Newhouse chain from 1984 until 2006, when he moved to The Baltimore Sun.
As a Washington-based correspondent, David has covered conflict in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Central America. During the Cold War he reported from Russia and China, patrolled the inter-German border with American troops on one side and with a Soviet motorized rifle regiment on the other side in East Germany. He covered Sandinista forces in Nicaragua, the overthrow of President Marcos in the Philippines, tensions along the Korean DMZ, and the war in Bosnia before and during the U.S. military intervention in 1995. He has written extensively about international conflict resolution, peacekeeping and the postwar work of rebuilding civil society.
He has accompanied U.S. troops in the field many times, both on domestic and overseas training maneuvers and in Desert Storm, the Persian Gulf tanker war, the operations in Panama, Somalia and Haiti, peacekeeping missions in the Balkans and combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was embedded with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Somalia and the 10th Mountain and 101st Airborne Division units for Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan. In four trips to Iraq he has embedded with numerous units including the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment's 2nd Squadron in East Baghdad, the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines in al-Anbar and the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing.
David has flown on B-52 bomber missions, slogged through Army Ranger School, accompanied Rangers on night airborne maneuvers and Marines on air assault operations, climbed into ICBM silos, flown off aircraft carriers and sailed on battleships, minesweepers, amphibs and attack and strategic missile submarines.
In 1992-1993 he spent a year with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, including three months of ground operations in Somalia. His account of that experience, "A Sense of Values," was published by Andrews & McMeel in 1994.
A birthright Quaker and raised as a pacifist, David inadvertently became qualified, in live fire maneuvers, as a main gun loader aboard a Marine Corps Abrams tank.
In addition to being a Pulitzer Prize finalist, David has won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Defense Reporting and other awards. He has appeared on CNN, CSPAN, the PBS News Hour and BBC World Service radio, and has lectured at the U.S. Army Eisenhower Fellows conference, the Marine War College and at the Joint Forces Staff College.
David has three grown children and two stepchildren. He lives outside Washington, where he bicycles for sport.