Nate Jones

Washington, D.C.

FOIA Director

Education: Lewis and Clark College, BA in history ; George Washington University, MA in history; University of the District of Columbia, JD

Nate Jones is the FOIA director for The Washington Post where he works with reporters to target documents to request, appeal and sue for. He works with reporters to obtain local, state and federal records and to think strategically about public records in all formats. He gives FOIA training sessions and advises reporters on how to write and refine requests, navigate delays and overredactions, and overcome other bureaucratic resistance. He also oversees a newsroom-wide system to track open-records requests. He previously was the director of the FOIA Project for the National Security Archive, h
Latest from Nate Jones

Bodybuilders dying as coaches and judges encourage extreme measures

Bodybuilders are risking their lives, and in some cases dying, because of extreme measures that are encouraged by coaches and rewarded by judges.

December 7, 2022

Fearing scandal, Air Force blocked generals’ foreign consulting deals

The two generals oversaw key U.S. supply routes through Azerbaijan and later negotiated deals there to earn as much as $5,000 a day in retirement.

December 6, 2022

Lawmakers press Pentagon for answers about veterans’ foreign jobs

Lawmakers said they were alarmed by a Post investigation that found hundreds of retired military personnel have taken lucrative jobs for foreign governments.

December 5, 2022

Key findings from The Post’s series on veterans’ lucrative foreign jobs

For two years, U.S. government lawyers fought The Washington Post's FOIA requests for documents detailing foreign work by retired troops.

December 5, 2022

Youngkin’s education tip line gripes: ‘Beowulf,’ masks and ‘grooming’

The Youngkin administration released 350 emails to settle a lawsuit that media outlets brought after the governor refused to release tip-line submissions.

November 3, 2022

‘Father of American Navy’ helmed Russian ship for Catherine the Great

The “Father of the American Navy” commanded a Russian warship but said he had not forsaken the United States.

October 18, 2022

Retired U.S. generals, admirals take top jobs with Saudi crown prince

Hundreds of veterans have taken lucrative foreign jobs that U.S. officials approved – but fought to keep secret.

October 18, 2022

Former U.S. Navy leaders profited from overlapping interests on sub deal

Some retired U.S. admirals have worked for the Australian government while simultaneously consulting for the U.S. Navy, including on classified programs.

October 18, 2022

UAE relied on expertise of retired U.S. troops to beef up its military

Over the past seven years, 280 U.S. military retirees have sought federal approval to work for the United Arab Emirates — more than for any other country.

October 18, 2022

In Persian Gulf, a lucrative revolving door for retired U.S. troops

Documents show that several U.S. military officers sought employment with the government of Qatar after working closely with the country while on active duty.

October 18, 2022