Announcement from Investigative Editor Jeff Leen, Deputy Investigative Editor David Fallis, and Rapid-Response Investigative Editor Eric Rich:

We are excited to announce that Nate Jones will be joining the Investigative Unit as The Washington Post’s first FOIA Director.

Nate comes to us from the National Security Archive at George Washington University, where since 2009 he has served as the director of the nonprofit’s FOIA Project. In that role, Nate has overseen the group’s database of more than 50,000 FOIA requests that have exposed government records previously shielded from the public view. At the archive, Nate has been involved in vetting more than 1,000 new requests a year, helping staff identify records, craft letters and file appeals. Nate also has served on the Federal FOIA Advisory Committee and he has conducted FOIA audits of more than 100 federal agencies to document their compliance with open records laws. Nate also edits and writes for the archive’s blog “Unredacted” and is the author of “Able Archer ‘83: The Secret History of the NATO Exercise that Almost Triggered Nuclear War.”

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Nate will help reporters obtain local, state and federal records and think strategically about public records in all formats. The work will involve advising reporters, writing and refining requests, negotiating fee waivers and navigating any delays or bureaucratic resistance. He also will help implement a newsroom-wide system to track open-records requests and will offer in-house training sessions.

Nate grew up in Colorado, graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., with a degree in Cold War history and Russian language, and holds a Master of Arts in history from GWU.

Nate loves to hike and is a huge Washington Nationals fan. His passions merged when he filed a FOIA with the State Department that led to documents and a story about the kidnapping in Venezuela of then-Nats catcher Wilson Ramos.

Please join us in welcoming him to the newsroom. He starts on Nov. 4.

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