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

Lawmakers say abuses of civil asset forfeiture require reform legislation

Members of the a House subcommittee agree that more needs to be done to prevent abuses.

House panel says reforms needed for law enforcement’s asset seizures

House panel says reforms needed for law enforcement’s asset seizures

Democrats and Republicans agreed that previous efforts to reform civil asset forfeiture practices have fallen short and that abuses are widespread.

Justice clarifies new limits on asset forfeiture involving local, state police

Justice clarifies new limits on asset forfeiture involving local, state police

The attorney general’s curbs on the asset forfeiture program require direct federal involvement in the seizures.

IRS took cash from taxpayer accounts, asked questions later, report says

IRS took cash from taxpayer accounts, asked questions later, report says

From 2005 to 2012, the Internal Revenue Service took almost a quarter-billion dollars in more than 2,500 cases, according to a report.