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David Cloud, national security reporter

February 17, 2010 | 12:23 pm

An announcement from Kerry Luft, chief of the Tribune Washington bureau:

David Cloud, one of the country’s premier reporters on national security issues, is joining the Washington bureau. For more than a decade, David’s byline has appeared atop some of the most interesting stories to come out of the diplomatic/security/Pentagon beat. He worked in the Chicago Tribune’s bureau from 1996 to 1998, then moved to the Wall Street Journal, where he covered terrorism, intelligence and the FBI and was part of the team that won the breaking news Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks. He then moved on to the New York Times as Pentagon correspondent. He is the co-author of “The Fourth Star,” about the four U.S. Army generals who served in Iraq. The book came out in October and made the NYT bestseller list.  He has also worked for Politico and has spent the last several months working at the U.S. embassy in Kabul as a civil employee reporting on stability in that country. David will start March 1. He will report to Bob Ourlian as part of our national security team.