Eric Lichtblau is the Washington Investigative Editor for CNN Investigates, CNN's international investigative team. He leads the reporters and producers in the team's Washington D.C. unit and also reports on national security and investigative matters himself.
He came to CNN in April 2017 from the New York Times after nearly 15 years as a reporter in the newspaper's Washington bureau, where he covered terrorism, national security, law enforcement, lobbying, campaign finance, and investigative issues. He was co-recipient in 2006 of the Pulitzer Prize, among other awards, for revealing the existence of a secret surveillance program after the 9/11 attacks that allowed the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans without court warrants. He was also a lead reporter for the newspaper on numerous other stories over the years.
Before that, he was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times for 15 years in both Washington and California, writing about legal affairs, crime, terrorism and investigative matters.
He is the author of two books: "The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014), a best-seller that was named one of Newsweek's Best Books of the Year; and "Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice" (Pantheon, 2008), which a reviewer called "All the President's Men for the age of terror." He has also taught journalism and has been a frequent guest lecturer and speaker on college campuses.
Lichtblau graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in 1987, majoring in English and government. He was raised in Syracuse, N.Y.