Colum Lynch covers the United Nations for The Washington Post. Lynch has been involved in the paper’s diplomatic coverage of a broad range of crises, including conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, and Somalia, and the nuclear standoffs with Iran and North Korea. He has played a key part in the Post’s diplomatic reporting on the Iraq war, the International Criminal Court, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and U.S. counterterrorism strategy. He also writes Foreign Policy Magazine’s Turtle Bay blog, which won the 2011 National Magazine Award for best news reporting in digital media.
Lynch’s investigations have uncovered a U.S. spying operation in Iraq, Dick Cheney’s financial links to Saddam Hussein, and evidence of corruption, sexual misconduct, and other crimes in U.N. peacekeeping missions. Lynch received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985 and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1987. He previously worked for the Boston Globe.