And now for some good news! I’d like to welcome Sharon Weinberger to the staff of The Intercept, where she will serve as our national security editor, heading up our investigative reporting on intelligence, military affairs, government surveillance, and the Snowden archive.


Sharon is an experienced national security reporter with a focus on science and technology, and her reporting and voice was instrumental in the success of the Danger Room blog at Wired—an early model for how to present substantive reporting on the internet. Most recently, she has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., where she she was working on a history of the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the topic of a forthcoming book from Knopf. She has been a Knight Science Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an International Reporting Project Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a Carnegie Fellow at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and an Alicia Patterson Fellow. Her writing on military science and technology has appeared regularly in Nature, the BBC, Discover, Slate, Wired, and The Washington Post, among other publications. In addition to her forthcoming DARPA history, she is the author of Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon’s Scientific Underworld.

Juan Thompson also joins The Intercept this week as a staff reporter. Juan was most recently a production assistant and reporter at Chicago’s NPR member station WBEZ, and before that he worked as a reporter for DNAinfo Chicago. His work is focused on the intersection of politics, technology, and American culture, and he lives in Brooklyn.

The arrival of Sharon and Juan brings The Intercept‘s total staff count to just north of 20 reporters, editors, and technologists, and we look forward to continuing that growth and increasing our capacity to put invaluable, independent journalism on the internet.