Robert O’Harrow
Staff Writer

Robert O’Harrow Jr. is a reporter with the investigative unit of The Washington Post who has focused on privacy, national security, federal contracting and the financial world. In two decades at The Post, he has won multiple journalism awards. They include the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Zero Day, a series about cybersecurity and cyberwar, and a regional Emmy for a Zero Day video. O’Harrow previously won the top prize from Investigative Reporters and Editors for exposing fraud, waste and abuse in homeland security contracting. O’Harrow has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, most recently in 2009 for a series of explanatory stories about the global financial crisis, and a four-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for business writing. He is the author of the 2005 book “No Place to Hide,” about data profiling, surveillance and national security. He was co-producer of a radio documentary by the same name. In 2003, he won the Carnegie Mellon Cybersecurity Journalism Award.

Latest by Robert O’Harrow

Stop and Seize: How aggressive police take millions from motorists not charged with crimes

The reports behind The Washington Post's Stop and Seize investigative report take questions live.

Innocent motorists caught in seizures face fights with feds

Innocent motorists caught in seizures face fights with feds

STOP AND SEIZE | Motorists are being stopped by police and sometimes having thousands of dollars in cash confiscated. The fight to get the cash returned can be involved and costly.

Police training firm helps fuel rise in U.S. cash seizures

Police training firm helps fuel rise in U.S. cash seizures

Started by a California highway patrolman, Desert Snow teaches the art of “highway interdiction.”

Police use intel network in cash seizures on U.S. highways

Police use intel network in cash seizures on U.S. highways

Aggressive policing to target money from motorists in civil seizures is underwritten by federal funding.