When The Intercept launched in February, we had two goals: in the short term, to continue reporting on the NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden, and in the long term, to produce fearless, adversarial journalism on national security, criminal justice, internet privacy, and a wide range of other issues.
Today, I’m excited to announce three new additions to The Intercept team who will help move both missions forward: Ryan Tate, who will serve as The Intercept‘s deputy editor; Margot Williams, who is joining us as a research editor specializing in investigative projects, and Cora Currier, our newest reporter.
Margot is an accomplished, extraordinary journalist with a proven track record of aggressive, award-winning reporting and research. She comes to us from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. During her three-decade long career, she has held positions at The Washington Post, NPR, and The New York Times, where she tracked the CIA planes used to transport terror detainees, and created a groundbreaking database of the inmate population at Guantanamo Bay. First Look Media’s research director Lynn Dombek and I are excited to welcome her to our teams.
Cora, a former reporting fellow at ProPublica, has built her career covering national security, foreign affairs, and human rights. Her work has been published in Stars and Stripes, The Atlantic, The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, Al Jazeera America, and many other outlets. Before joining ProPublica, she was on the editorial staff of The New Yorker and was a lead researcher on several books of history and politics. She will focus on monitoring and advancing breaking national security stories.
As The Intercept‘s deputy editor, Ryan will have primary day-to-day responsibility for our site, ensuring that our whole crew of reporters is focused on publishing dynamic stories and responding to the news of the day in a fast-paced, nimble fashion. Ryan has established a fearless reputation writing about the use, abuse, and subversion of corporate power in the technology sector as a senior writer for Wired and a contributing editor for Gawker—where, among other things, he broke the story of a massive iPad security breach that resulted in the controversial federal prosecution of hacker Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer. He is the author of The 20% Doctrine, a book on corporate insurrection and innovation, and the developer of Typingpool, an audio transcription tool. He has previously worked as a writer and reporter at San Francisco Business Times, Business 2.0, and Upside.
We are thrilled to welcome Ryan, Cora and Margot to our team, and we look forward to working with them to produce hard-hitting, aggressive stories that make waves and change conversations.