Dan Lamothe is an award-winning military journalist and war correspondent. Working from Washington, D.C., he writes about everything from top brass to rank-and-file service members and their needs, concerns and actions for the Washington Post.
Lamothe, 32, has traveled the world covering the military. He has embedded with U.S. forces in Afghanistan three times since 2010, spending months on the ground with infantry units in the process. Notably, he worked in 2010 alongside Marines in Marjah, a violent district in Helmand province in which he came under fire multiple times. His reporting during that assignment was later honored by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation with the Major Megan McClung Award, which highlights a distinguished reporting conducted alongside U.S. Marines abroad. He also has reported from Norway, Spain, Germany, the Republic of Georgia and while underway with the U.S. Navy. More recently, he wrote for Foreign Policy magazine, breaking exclusives in the national media about a quiet fight between the Army and Anheuser-Busch about a Super Bowl commercial and the companies under consideration for usage in U.S. Special Operations Command’s high-tech “Iron Man” suit.
In fall 2010, Lamothe broke the news that the Corps had recommended that Cpl. Dakota Meyer receive the Medal of Honor. As a sergeant the following year, Meyer became the first living Marine since the Vietnam era to receive the nation’s top combat valor award. In 2012, Lamothe wrote an extensive profile of Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, who will become the second Marine so honored in June 2014.
Lamothe holds journalism degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Maryland-College Park. His work has appeared in the Post, USA Today, the Baltimore Sun and many other news publications.