Alexander, Andrew

Former Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander is an award-winning journalist and news industry leader who has been a reporter, editor and Washington bureau chief during a career that spans more than four decades. As a strong open government advocate, he has written and spoken extensively about the public’s right to know and the dangers of excessive government secrecy.

In 1997, he was named Washington bureau chief for Cox Newspapers, overseeing a staff in the nation’s capital and foreign bureaus in London, Jerusalem, Beijing, Moscow, Mexico City, Baghdad and the Caribbean, as well as bureaus in New York and on the West Coast. During his time as chief, the Cox Washington bureau shared in the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

Alexander serves on numerous boards related to journalism. He is a Senior Advisor to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, helping foreign journalists who have been subjected to attacks, arrests and harassment by repressive regimes. 

He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication. In 2011 he was inducted into its Hall of Fame and also was named Ohio University’s Alumnus of the Year. In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate of communication from Ohio University and was its undergraduate commencement speaker.

In addition to his work with the Voinovich School, he is a Visiting Professional at the Scripps College of Communication