Mark Mazzetti

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Mark Mazzetti
Born Mark Mazzetti
(1974-05-13) May 13, 1974 (age 44)
Washington, D.C.
Education Regis High School
Duke University
and Oxford University
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Lindsay Friedman

Mark Mazzetti (born May 13, 1974) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist for the New York Times.[1]


Mazzetti was born in Washington, D.C. He attended the Jesuit Regis High School in New York City. He graduated from Duke University with a bachelor's degree in Public Policy and Politics.[2] Later, he earned a masters degree in history from Oxford University.


In 1998, shortly after receiving a master's degree from Oxford University, Mazzetti began reporting on national politics as a correspondent for The Economist. After leaving The Economist in 2001, Mazzetti joined the staff of US News & World Report and began reporting on defense and national security as its Pentagon correspondent. In 2004 Mazzetti joined the staff of the Los Angeles Times, and continued working with the Pentagon as a military affairs correspondent.[3]

In 2003 Mazzetti spent two months reporting in Baghdad while traveling with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

In late 2007, he broke the story of the CIA's destruction of interrogation video tapes depicting torture of Al Qaeda detainees.[4] The story launched a Justice Department investigation into the episode, and he won the Livingston Prize for National Reporting for his work on this story.

A 2007 article by Joseph Palermo said that Mazzetti and David Sanger were insufficiently skeptical of anonymous government and military sources in an article[5] they co-wrote in the October 14, 2007, issue of the New York Times.[6] In May 2011, Charles Kaiser asserted that Mazzetti's “coverage of American torture will forever live in infamy,” citing a story written by Mazzetti in collaboration with Helene Cooper and Peter Baker “which credulously adopted the line of former Bush administration officials (as Mazzetti has done dozens of times before) who were desperately trying to convince the world that torture was the main reason that Bin Laden had been located.”[7]

The Puntland Government (Somalia) criticized a piece by Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt that portrayed the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) as a “private army” that was “abandoned” by its major donors.[8] Puntland officials clarified that the PMPF still is "part and parcel of Puntland Government’s security forces" and that they still receive the financial support from their backers. They also criticized the authors for not acknowledging any of the PMPF's success and for neglecting to contact any Puntland Government officials to comment on the story.[9]

In 2011, he furnished the pre-publication text of an opinion column written by Maureen Dowd concerning the making of the movie "Zero Dark Thirty" to CIA spokesperson Marie Harf for review with the comments "see, nothing to worry about," "this didn't come from me... and please delete after you read." Dowd had reportedly asked Mazzetti to fact-check a detail in the column for her. Times managing editor Dean Baquet dismissed the incident as "much ado about nothing," but the Times' public editor expressed strong disapproval of Mazzetti's actions.[10]

Mazzetti currently covers national security as a correspondent for the New York Times at the Washington, D.C. office. Mazzetti has worked with the New York Times since 2006 and writes articles pertaining to politics and international relations.

Personal life

On May 30, 2010, Mazzetti and Lindsay Friedman were married in Alexandria, Virginia.[11]


  • In 2009 Mazzetti shared a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting with Jane Perlez, Eric P. Schmitt and Pir Zubair Shah
  • In 2008 Mazzetti received the Livingston award for national reporting, for an expose revealing the CIA's destruction of controversial video tapes which exposed the United States' interrogation tactics for Al Qaeda detainees[2]
  • In 2006 Mazzetti received the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense


  • The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, Penguin Press, 2013 ISBN 9781594204807


  1. Charlie Rose (2009-05-29). "Season 69, Episode 05.29.09 -- Charlie Rose - Jane Perlez / Eric Schmitt / Mark Mazzetti / Pir Zubair Shah / Jake Tapper Airdate: 29-May-2009". Charlie Rose LLC. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Mark Mazzetti Biography". Online Biography. Washington Week. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  3. "Mark Mazzetti Bio and Index". The New York Times. 
  4. "C.I.A. Destroyed 2 Tapes Showing Interrogations". The New York Times. 7 December 2007. 
  5. Sanger and Mazzetti. "Israel Struck Syrian Nuclear Project, Analysts Say". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  6. Palermo, Joseph. "Memo to David Sanger and Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  7. Beyerstein, Lindsay. "Winners & Sinners: from Mary Murphy to Mark Mazzetti". The Sidney Hillman Foundation. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  8. "Private Army Formed to Fight Somali Pirates Leaves Troubled Legacy". The New York Times. 4 October 2012. 
  9. "Somalia: Puntland Anti-Piracy Force Making Progress". Garowe Online. 8 October 2012. 
  10. Greenwald, Glenn (August 29, 2012). "Correspondence and collusion between the New York Times and the CIA". The Guardian. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  11. "Lindsay Friedman, Mark Mazzetti". online article. the New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 

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