National Reporter, The New York Sun
White House Reporter, Politico
Josh Gerstein is a White House reporter for POLITICO who specializes in legal and national security issues. Gerstein has reported extensively on how President Barack Obama’s pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for war-on-terror captives went awry, the Obama Administration’s little-heralded crackdown on leaks, and the surprisingly icy relationship between the press and the Obama White House.
Gerstein is a former White House correspondent and Beijing correspondent for ABC News, who reported for the network from Afghanistan and Pakistan. He also worked for CNN’s investigative unit and as a national reporter for The New York Sun.
Gerstein is a lifelong open government advocate who has pursued several Freedom of Information Act lawsuits seeking records on subjects such as allegations of abuse of detainees at Guantanamo, use of the sneak-and-peek provisions of the Patriot Act, and the government’s handling of leaks of classified information.