Dana Priest is a national security reporter whose work focuses on intelligence and counterterrorism. She started at the Post as an intern, then moved to the Foreign desk as an editor. She has since worked as a reporter on Metro (Virginia), National (fed page, health care, defense for six years, intelligence for six years) and spent a year on the Investigative team. She likes to experiment with how digital media can deepen investigative journalism. She is currently on leave working on a book, “Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.” Her last book, “The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military” was published in March, 2003. Born and raised in California, she lives in the District with her husband and two children.