Uri Blau is an Israeli investigative journalist with over 15 years experience exploring political corruption, national security and transparency issues. Blau focuses on in-depth, often data-driven research projects in Israel and the U.S. His work appeared in Haaretz, UK’s Channel 4, Japan’s Fuji TV News, Harper’s, ProPublica, Mashable, The Nation and other media outlets.
In 2012, Blau became the first Israeli journalist ever to be charged and convicted for possession of classified information. That precedent was a result of a 2008 article published in Haaretz, exposing covert targeted assassinations of Palestinians in direct violation of Supreme Court rulings. The conviction caused Freedom House to drop Israel to ‘Partially Free’ status in its 2013 “Freedom of the Press Index.”
During 2014, Blau was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, where he researched models for sustainable investigative platforms. He is now based in Washington, D.C.