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BuzzFeed Announces 2013 - 2014 Michael Hastings National Security Fellow

Gregory D. Johnsen to join as year-long fellow

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New York, October 8, 2013 — BuzzFeed announced today it has selected Gregory D. Johnsen as the inaugural 2013 - 2014 Michael Hastings National Security Reporting Fellow. The Fellowship is a yearlong position focused on national security and challenging institutions of power, the cornerstone of Michael's work. Johnsen, the author of a critically acclaimed book on Yemen and al-Qaeda, will focus on US national security and its impact both domestically and around the world.

"Gregory Johnsen has already proven himself one of his generation's wisest and most original voices on national security. He's the right writer to carry on Michael's legacy of fiercely intelligent and deeply compelling journalism about how America has shaped and been shaped by more than a decade of war," said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief.

"Michael Hastings was an incredibly tenacious journalist, someone who reported fearlessly and always strove to convey what he saw abroad to his readers at home. I'm honored and humbled to be named the inaugural Michael Hastings National Security Reporting Fellow for BuzzFeed," said Johnsen.

Johnsen begins his project on October 20.

"Michael believed in honest, courageous reporting on national security and power. He was proud to be a part of BuzzFeed, and I'm grateful they will continue Michael's legacy through this fellowship. I look forward to outstanding investigative reporting from Gregory Johnsen, a top-notch writer and thinker with unparalleled expertise in many of the world's most volatile conflicts," said Elise Jordan, Hastings' wife.

Gregory D. Johnsen
is the author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia (W.W. Norton). Johnsen has been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan, a Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, and a Fulbright-Hays Fellow in Egypt. In 2006, he was awarded the David R. Schweisberg Memorial Scholarship from the Overseas Press Club. He has also written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy and others. He holds a BA in History (honors) from Hastings College, an MA in Near Eastern studies from the University of Arizona and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern studies at Princeton University.

Johnsen's recent work:

"Did an 8-Year-Old Spy for America?"

"How We Lost Yemen"

You can follow Gregory on Twitter at @gregorydjohnsen.

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