Michael Isikoff

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Michael Isikoff is an investigative journalist for Newsweek and a book author, specializing in national security. Since January 2009, he has been an MSNBC contributor, making regular appearances on the Rachel Maddow Show and Hardball w/ Chris Matthews.

His June 2002 Newsweek cover story on U.S. intelligence failures that preceded the 9-11 terror attacks, along with a series of related articles, was honored with the Investigative Reporters and Editors top prize for investigative reporting in magazine journalism.

He came to Newsweek in 2004, having been a Washington Post reporter since 1981. He had become known for coverage of Monica Lewinsky and the Bill Clinton impeachment.


  • B.A. Washington University 1974
  • Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1976.