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Writing About the Hunt for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Medill faculty member co-authors highly praised book on 9/11 mastermind

EVANSTON, Ill. --- In their newly released and highly praised book, Josh Meyer and Tony McDermott call the mastermind behind 9/11 a prototype of the stateless enemy that is likely to haunt the United States for decades to come. Their book, “The Hunt for KSM,” chronicles America’s search for and capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), the man behind 9/11.

Meyer spent 20 years at the Los Angeles Times writing on national security and related issues before joining the Northwestern University faculty at Medill to become director for education and outreach of the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative. “The Hunt for KSM” goes deep inside the U.S. government’s persistent but highly flawed pursuit of KSM, the most important Al Qaeda terrorist in captivity today. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Seymour Hersh said the book’s “most important underlying message is that the American intelligence community remains caught up in bureaucratic warfare and remains today incapable of working together.”

For more about “The Hunt for KSM,” Meyer and the Medill National Security Initiative, visit

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