Colum Lynch has been been reporting on foreign policy and national security for the Washington Post since June 1999. As the Post's United Nations reporter, 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 also 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.
Lynch's enterprise reporting has explored the underside of international diplomacy. His 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. Last year, Lynch disclosed classified documents that showed the Bush administration violated U.S. law by promoting an alleged Rwandan war criminal to serve as the second-highest ranking U.N. peacekeeper in Darfur.
Lynch has appeared frequently on the Lehrer News Hour, MSNBC, NPR radio, and the BBC. He has also moderated academic discussions on foreign policy, including a recent meeting on humanitarian intervention at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
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.