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Dan Morgan

Independent journalist and author, covering national and international affairs for The Washington Post for more than 40 years.

Dan Morgan, an independent journalist and author based in Washington, D.C., covered national and international affairs for The Washington Post for more than 40 years. During that time, he covered Central Europe, the Balkans and the US Congress and specialized in agriculture and energy issues.

Following his Post career, he was a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States — based in Washington. More recently, he has been a contributor to The Huffington Post, The Fiscal Times and European Affairs. He is also currently working on a book about the transformation of U.S. agriculture.

Morgan was a finalist for the National Book Award for his best-selling book on the international grain business, “Merchants of Grain.” While at the Post, he won the Loeb Award for best national economic reporting – as well as the Dirksen Award for best congressional writing.

His work has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A book about the making of the modern “Sun Belt” in the United States, published in 1992, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times book award.

Articles by Dan Morgan

Nine Acres in Athens: Democracy’s Rise (and Fall)

As a veteran newspaper reporter with only a rudimentary education in the classics, visiting Athens fed my fascination with democracy’s long struggle in the era of Xi, Putin and Erdogan.

November 6, 2022

We Can Love Electric Cars, But Let’s Not Spurn Biofuels

Right now, electric cars have the momentum and the "inevitability" narrative on their side. Is the idea of pursuing two paths forward a waste of money?

July 16, 2021

United States: Bipartisanship on the Cheap

The Growing Climate Solutions Act, if signed into law, won't cost a lot of money, won't hurt anybody, but won't go far in curbing greenhouse gases.

July 12, 2021

US: Can Pursuing Happiness, as the Founders Defined It, Bring Us Together?

No government can guarantee our happiness. That depends on our own efforts and luck. But government can make it harder or easier to attain happiness.

February 28, 2021

Algae Is Not Endive: The Future of Biofuels in the United States

Endive didn't catch on with U.S. corn farmers in 1988. Will algae catch on with oil producers in 2012?

April 4, 2012