School of Communication Faculty
Ted Gup has been a journalist and teacher of journalism for three decades. A former staff writer for The Washington Post and Time Magazine, he has also written for Smithsonian, National Geographic, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Village Voice, Sports Illustrated, Slate, Salon, GQ, Mother Jones, Audubon, Columbia Journalism Review, NPR, Newsweek, and other publications.
He is the author of A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness - And A Trove Of Letters- Revealed The Hidden HIstory Of The Great Depression (Penguin Press, 2010,) Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life (Doubleday, 2007) and The Book of Honor: Covert Lives And Classified Deaths At The CIA (Doubleday, 2000).
He has taught at Georgetown, Case Western Reserve, Johns Hopkins and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He is the winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and has been a Pulitzer finalist and recipient of the George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize, the Gerald Loeb Award, the National Conservation Achievement Award and the Book-of-the-Year Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors (for The Book of Honor).
He has been a grantee of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a Fellow of Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy, a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. His interests include investigative reporting, literary journalism, magazine writing, law and ethics, intelligence and national security. Gup was on leave 2012-2013 as a fellow of the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.