The Chatter Podcast: Reporting from the Front Lines with Nancy Youssef

By David Priess
Thursday, April 13, 2023, 10:57 AM

Nancy Youssef has reported on war and conflict around the world and from Washington. As a young journalist, she went to Iraq and sensed early on that a war most presumed would be over quickly was only just beginning. Her career has taken her to Afghanistan, Egypt, and into the center of power at the Pentagon. Nancy is now a national security correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

In her conversation with Shane Harris, Nancy talks about her Journal colleague, Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested last month in Russia and accused of spying—charges that his family, his employer, and the U.S. government, vociferously deny. Like Nancy, Evan is the child of immigrants. She says she admired his reporting for giving voice to the Russian people at a time of war. Nancy has seen other colleagues taken prisoner amid conflict and shared her thoughts about the risks that journalists face both in war zones and from states that see information as a weapon.  

Shane and Nancy are old friends and worked together at The Daily Beast, where they covered U.S. national security and foreign policy. 

Nancy’s work at The Wall Street Journal

Nancy on Twitter

A recent profile on Evan Gershkovich from The Washington Post

More on Austin Tice, a friend of Nancy’s who went missing in Syria

Chatter is a production of Lawfare and Goat Rodeo. This episode was produced and edited by Cara Schillenn of Goat Rodeo. Podcast theme by David Priess, featuring music created using Groovepad.

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