David Ignatius is a popular American fiction writer, journalist, novelist and analyst. He is worldwide popular for his bestselling novels like Body of Lies (2007), The Sun King (2000) and Bloodmoney (2011). In addition to writing, he is currently the associate editor and columnist for The Washington Post. He is also serving as the co-host with Fareed Zakaria for PostGlobal at Washingtonpost.com which discuss various international issues. He has also garnered the experience of working as an adjunct lecturer in Harvard University at the Kennedy School of Government. From his boundless contribution, he has been rewarded with various honors and titles including the Urbino World Press Award and the Legion of Honor from the Italian Republic and the French Republic respectively. The International Committee for Foreign Journalism provided him with the lifetime achievement award.
These all jaw-dropping achievements have made him be followed by rosters of fans and followers who are getting curiosity about him and his personal life. Looking at Ignatius’s bio, he was born on May 26, 1950, which makes his age be 68 years old as of now. Curiosity regarding him, people are found asking “How tall Is David Ignatius?” Let’s find out in detail about Urbino World Press Award winner’s wiki below:
Early Life and Education
Ignatius was born in 1950 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the United States. He was born to the parents named Paul Robert Ignatius (father) and Nancy Sharpless (mother). His father was a renowned figure who has served The Washington Post as president, the Air Transport Association as president and even as the secretary of the navy from 1967 to 1969. Regarding his ethnicity and ancestral background, his father carries American, Elazığ, Turkey and Harput ancestry whereas his mother is of German and English descent.
Ignatius grew up in Washington, D.C. He joined St. Albans School and later attended Harvard College. He completed his magna cum laude in 1973. His brilliance made his receive a Frank Knox Fellowship at King’s College, Cambridge from the renowned Harvard University. He achieved his degree majoring in economics.
Career and Professional Life
The American novelist started his first job after graduation as an editor at the Washington Monthly. Later, he joined the Wall Street Journal where he contributed as a reporter nearly a decade. He covered the steel industry based in Pittsburgh and later covered the Senate, the Justice Department and the CIA for which he has to move to Washington. For three years beginning from 1980, he was the Middle East correspondent for the Journal. During that time, he covered the news regarding the war between Iraq and Lebanon. He was promoted as the chief diplomatic correspondent in 1994 and returned back to the United States. He turned as the winner of the Edward Weintal Prize in 1995 for his incredible diplomatic reporting.
After ten years of service at the Journal, Ignatius joined the Washington Post in 1986. He was hired as the editor of the “Outlook” section and worked until 1990. After that, he served as the foreign editor until 1992. Later, he worked as the assistant managing editor for six years from 1993 to 1999 in charge of business news. By the end of 1990’s, he started writing on international affairs, politics and economics.
The start of 2000’s era welcomed him as the executive editor working for Paris based International Herald Tribune. After two years he returned back to the Post. He was a regular contributor to the column which was syndicated worldwide. In 2000, his column won the Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary and was rewarded with 2004 Edward Weintal Prize too. He often used to travel to the Middle East for assigning his column where he interviewed various leaders like Bashar al-Assad (president of Syria) and Hassan Nasrallah (head of the Hezbollah, a Lebanese military organization). He has also written for other numerous magazines and publications like the New York Times Magazine, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Monthly, Talk Magazine and The Atlantic Monthly. He was also the supporter of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Despite sharing a successful journalism career, Ignatius has received several criticisms for being defensive and overly positive while covering CIA. However, he has also criticized the government approach on intelligence department, CIA and even the torture policies by the Bush administration. One of his writing about Putin’s strengths and weaknesses was published on March 12, 2014, in the Journal which was about two pages. The same month, he wrote about Putin’s action and the crisis in Ukraine published in the Washington Post.
Talking about his novelist career, David has written about ten bestselling novels, especially in the suspense/espionage fiction genre. One can find his working experience in the intelligence operations that has made him create such mind-blowing novels. His first novel was named Agents of Innocence was once described as “a novel but not fiction” on the website of CIA. He has always been praised and appreciated for writing novels great in realism. One of his successful novels, Body of Lies was featured in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe which was directed by Ridley Scott. It is said that David’s seventh novel entitled The Increment‘s right is acquired by the film producer Jerry Bruckheimer. He presented an espionage thriller novel entitled The Quantum Spy which is about the competition between China and the United States for building the world’s first hyper-fast quantum computer.
Moving to his personal life, let’s talk about his family and relationship issues. He is married to Dr. Eve Thornberg Ignatius since 1980. From his conjugal life, David and his wife Eve has welcomed three beautiful daughters. The family is happily residing together and is very supportive of each other.
David Ignatius has a tall height and has maintained his health and fitness level up to the optimum level. However, the exact height, weight and other body measurement facts of Ignatius haven’t been disclosed yet.
Salary and Net worth
David Ignatius has amassed a jaw-dropping net worth from his successful profession as a novelist, journalist and a senior analyst. His writings are regularly published in various magazines whereas his books are offering him a great source of additional incomes. In addition to monetary rewards, he has garnered numerous awards including lifetime achievement award from the International Committee for Foreign Journalism.
Wiki and Facts
You can find David’s biography prepared by many of the wiki sites including Wikipedia and IMDb. The verified official Twitter profile of the Washington Post’s columnist is reachable @IgnatiusPost. He operates his own website i.e. davidignatius.com.