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Dafna Linzer

Executive Vice President & Editorial Director, U.S. News & World Report


Dafna Linzer is an award-winning journalist and news executive who has reported from around the world and broken some of the most definitive stories of our time. Linzer joined U.S. News & World Report in 2023 and is responsible for the editorial and business strategies that further engage consumers, increase synergy between editorial products, and elevate the company’s brand. Linzer spent 10 years as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press based first in Jerusalem, then at the United Nations and reported from the Middle East, Europe and Asia covering conflicts, refugees, terrorism, non-proliferation and emerging markets. In 2004, she joined The Washington Post covering national security where she broke significant stories on foreign nuclear programs, the CIA and U.S. strategic interests. From 2015-2021, Linzer was managing editor for NBC News and MSNBC, leading politics coverage for two national networks. In 2022, she joined Politico as executive editor and oversaw the publication of the leaked draft of the Supreme Court decision ending Roe v Wade. Linzer’s work on race disparities in presidential pardons – which resulted in a book she co-authored, "Shades of Mercy" – led to clemency and pardons for two of the featured subjects and was recognized by the American Bar Association. In addition, Linzer’s reporting on Guantanamo during the Obama presidency was honored by the Overseas Press Club. She lives with her family in New York.

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