Charlie Savage reports on national security and legal policy issues, including presidential power, surveillance, drone strikes, torture, secrecy, leak investigations, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He began his journalism career as a staff writer for the Miami Herald in 1999. Four years later, he moved to the Boston Globe’s Washington Bureau. At the Globe, he won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles about the use of Presidential signing statements by the Bush administration as part of a broader effort to expand executive power.
He moved to the New York Times’ Washington Bureau in May 2008. Savage was one of the first journalists to write that Obama was continuing the same secretive national security and detention policies as those advanced by the Bush administration.
Savage has written two books, Takeover: the Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy in 2007, which details the Bush administration’s expansion of executive power, and Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency in 2015, which investigates the history of the Obama Administration’s national security legal policy.