An award-winning journalist and producer, David Phinney’s work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Miami Herald, the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner, Wired, His broadcast credits include PBS, BBC, ABC and other networks.

Based in Washington , DC , Phinney’s most recent work includes a series of award-winning, high-impact articles on contractors and private military companies working in Iraq . His stories have been re-reported by other major news organizations around the world and have triggered ongoing investigations by Congress, the US Justice Department and the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

In addition to documentary work and on-air reporting, Phinney frequently has been a guest and analyst for BBC, cable news programs and radio. His career includes extensive political coverage, national affairs, terrorism and national security. He has consulted with reporters and producers on stories for ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and other major news outlets. His articles have been translated into a dozen different languages.

Phinney began his journalism career working as a morning anchor and reporter at UC Berkeley's 10-watt wonder, KALX-FM radio; an occasional newspaper reporter for The Daily Californian; and as an intern for KQED-TV, the PBS affiliate in San Francisco . He has continued working in all three mediums ever since and began working with the internet in the early 1990s.

Phinney hitchhiked from New York to California when he was 18 where he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a dual major in English and Political Science. He paid his for his tuition, books and living expenses while driving taxies, playing in bar bands and working at Doe Library, the largest



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reference library on the West Coast. He now pursues occasional studies in new media and foreign languages.


He loves his dog, Captain Big Foot, very much. The two are frequent customers at Murky Coffee near Eastern Market on Capitol Hill.


A one-time publishing executive and editor, Phinney co-founded Bay City Publications in the San Francisco Bay Area along with Steve Hills , now president of The Washington Post. Together, they launched the Bay City Business Journal and the Emeryville Guardian. The two publications became widely recognized for investigative work that exposed political corruption and real estate scandals in California . That award-winning reporting was the basis for the documentary "Million-Dollar Mudflats" and was frequently reiterated (without credit) by reporters at much larger news organizations throughout the Golden State , The New York Times and NBC News.


Phinney's work on Iraq contractors was recently praised by Dina Rasor, founder of Project on Government Oversight (POGO) and author Robert Bauman.



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