Andy Alexander

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Andy Alexander is the ombudsman for The Washington Post. Before that he was Washington bureau chief for Cox Newspapers. During his two-year term as chairman of the Freedom of Information Committee of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, he organized the national Sunshine Week initiative, which has brought unprecedented public exposure to the growing problem of government secrecy.

Alexander has written and spoken extensively about the Freedom of Information Act and government secrecy. At the Cox bureau, he established the only full-time secrecy beat among news organizations covering the nation's capital.

As a journalist, he has reported from more than 50 countries and covered armed conflicts in Vietnam, Angola, Iran and Iraq. He has won or shared in the Raymond Clapper award for distinguished Washington correspondence, the Global Media Award, the Thomas L. Stokes award for environmental reporting, the Ohio Associated Press award for investigative reporting (twice), and the Ohio Associated Press award for feature writing.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.