Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

Ellen Nakashima

  • National Security Reporter, The Washington Post

Ellen Nakashima is a national security reporter for The Washington Post. She writes about issues relating to intelligence policy and surveillance. She has broken stories about cybersecurity and the Obama administration’s efforts to respond to nation-state cyber attacks and economic espionage as well as to craft rules that govern the United States’ growing capabilities and set international norms. In 2014, Nakashima was part of a team of Washington Post reporters who shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The prize was awarded for the Post’s revelations of the hidden scope of surveillance programs conducted by the National Security Agency and exploration of the privacy implications of such surveillance. Nakashima served as a Southeast Asia correspondent from 2002 to 2006, covering Islamic militant networks, the Indian Ocean tsunami, and the SARS outbreak. Since joining the Post in 1995, she also has covered the White House and Virginia state politics.