David Louis Finkel (born October 28, 1955) is an American journalist. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 as a staff writer at The Washington Post. As of January 2017, he was national enterprise editor at the Post. He has also worked for the Post's foreign staff division. He wrote The Good Soldiers and Thank You for Your Service. He is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow.
David Finkel at the 2013 Texas Book Festival.
|Born||David Louis Finkel|
October 28, 1955
|Education||University of Florida|
|Notable awards||MacArthur Fellow|
Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting
Finkel's book The Good Soldiers describes several months he spent in 2007 as an embedded reporter with 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, also known as the "2-16 Rangers", as they worked to stabilize a portion of Baghdad.
The logs of Chelsea Manning's IM chats with Adrian Lamo state that David Finkel had the video which was released as Collateral Murder by WikiLeaks but did not release it. David Finkel has never publicly disclosed whether he had the video or not. In a washingtonpost.com webchat, he said, "I based the account in my book The Good Soldiers on multiple sources, all unclassified. Without going into details, I'll say the best source of information was being there [in Iraq]." At a February 2013 pretrial hearing, Manning stated that Finkel "was quoting, I feel in verbatim, the audio communications of the aerial weapons team crew." She said, however, that she was "aghast" at Finkel's portrayal of the incident. "Reading his account," she explained, "one would believe the engagement was somehow justified as 'payback' for an earlier attack that led to the death of a soldier."
He lives in the Washington, DC area.
David Finkel talked about his book The Good Soldiers (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; September 15, 2009). In his book he recounts the fifteen months he spent with Army Battalion 2-16, part of the U.S. forces that carried out the surge in 2007-2008. Battalion 2-16 was charged with securing part of Baghdad. Mr. Finkel read passages from his book and talked about his experiences with the soldiers in Iraq. He talked about how their tour of duty changed the soldiers and their evaluations of the success of the surge. He also responded to questions from members of the audience.