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"Lifting the Veil: The Challenge of Covering Secret Government Activities" A panel discussion with New York Times reporters Scott Shane and Charles Savage, moderated by Professor David Pozen.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 12:10pm - 1:15pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102

Scott Shane is a reporter covering intelligence and national security in the Washington bureau of The New York Times, where he has written about drone strikes, the debate over torture, the terrorist threat, the anthrax investigation, WikiLeaks, government secrecy and many other issues. He was a reporter for The Baltimore Sun from 1983 to 2004, covering a range of beats from courts to medicine and writing major series on brain surgery, schizophrenia, a drug corner, guns and crime, the eavesdropping National Security Agency and other topics.

Mr. Shane was The Sun's Moscow correspondent from 1988 to 1991 and wrote a book on the collapse of the Soviet Union, Dismantling Utopia: How Information Ended the Soviet Union.


Charles Savage
is a Washington correspondent for The New York Times. He is known for his work on presidential power and other legal policy matters. 

Before joining The Times, Mr. Savage covered national legal affairs for the Boston Globe from 2003 to 2008.  He received a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2007 for his coverage of presidential signing statements for the Globe.  Other awards he earned while at the Globe include the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency.

Mr. Savage's book about the growth of executive power, "Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy," was named one of the best books of 2007 by both Slate and Esquire.  The book also received the bipartisan Constitution Project's inaugural Award for Constitutional Commentary, the NCTE George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language and the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Mr. Savage was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He graduated summa cum laude with degrees in English and American literature from Harvard College in 1998.  In 2003, he earned a master's degree from Yale Law School, where he was a Knight Journalism Fellow.  Mr. Savage got his start as a local government and politics reporter for the Miami Herald.