Charlie Savage (author)

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Charlie Savage
Savage in 2015
Born1975 (age 47–48)
Alma materHarvard University
Yale University
SpouseLuiza Savage
AwardsPulitzer Prize for National Reporting

Charlie Savage is an American author and newspaper reporter with The New York Times. In 2007, when employed by The Boston Globe, he was a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. He writes about national security legal policy, including presidential power, surveillance, drone strikes, torture, secrecy, leak investigations, military commissions, war powers, and the U.S. war on terrorism prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.[1]


Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1975, Savage earned an undergraduate degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard College in 1998 and a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) in 2003 from Yale Law School, where he was a Knight Foundation journalism fellow.

Savage is believed to have written the first mainstream media story about the Dark Side of the Rainbow, the practice of listening to Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon while watching the film The Wizard of Oz, in August 1995, while working as a college intern at The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne.[2][3] He went on in 1999 to work as a staff writer for the Miami Herald, where, under the byline "Charles Savage", he covered local and state government[4] and occasionally reviewed movies.[5] He changed his byline to "Charlie Savage" when he moved to The Boston Globe's Washington Bureau in 2003 and kept it that way when he moved to the Times Washington Bureau in May 2008.[6]

He is married to Luiza Chwialkowska Savage,[7] the editorial director of events for Politico[2] and a commentator on Canadian political news programs. He has taught a seminar at Georgetown University on national security and the Constitution.[8]

Savage won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a 2006 series of articles in the Globe about Presidential Signing Statements and their use by the Bush administration as part of a broader effort to expand executive power.[9] Those articles also won the Gerald R. Ford Foundation Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency[10] and the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award.[11]

In 2007, Savage published a book about the Bush administration's expansion of executive power entitled Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency & the Subversion of American Democracy. The Constitution Project awarded the book its first Award for Constitutional Commentary.[12] It also won the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism[13] and the National Council of Teachers of English's George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language.[14]

In 2015, Savage published a second book, an investigative history of the Obama administration's national security legal policy, called Power Wars: Inside Obama's Post-9/11 Presidency. While writing the book, he was a Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow.[15]

Published work[edit]

  • Savage, Charlie (2007-09-05). Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency & the Subversion of American Democracy. Little Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0-316-11804-0.
  • Power Wars: Inside Obama's Post-9/11 Presidency, Little, Brown, 2015, ISBN 9780316286602


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