John Barry joined Newsweek's Washington bureau as national security correspondent in July 1985. He has reported extensively on American intervention in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Haiti, Bosnia, Iraq and Somalia and efforts for peace in the Middle East. In 2002, he co-wrote "The War Crimes of Afghanistan" (8/26/02 cover) which won a National Headliner Award and was a finalist in the ASME National Magazine Awards for public service and a finalist in the SPJ Deadline Club Award for investigative reporting.
Barry has also reported on the changing role of the United States in the post-Cold War world, and wrote the story "Loose Nukes" (10/6/97), which examined the threat of nuclear weapons being smuggled out of the former Soviet Union to terrorists in other countries.
Barry was a key contributor to the magazine's coverage of the war in the Persian Gulf, which earned Newsweek the Overseas Press Club's 1991 Ed Cunningham Memorial Award for Best Reporting from Abroad. In 1993, Barry was honored with an award from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., for his July 13, 1992 cover story, "Sea of Lies," an investigation into the blunders that led to the 1988 downing of a Iranian passenger jet by an American warship.
Barry came to Newsweek after four years of freelance writing for The Times of London and the German magazine Der Spiegel. For his coverage of the INF negotiations in Geneva for these journals, Barry received a British Press Award (the equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize) in 1983. Barry started as a junior reporter at The Sunday Times of London from 1964 to 1981, and rose to become managing editor. From 1969 to 1975, he was editor of the paper's investigative team, INSIGHT, which received the Granada Press Award for its exposure of the British Army's interrogation methods in Northern Ireland.
Barry has written or co-authored five books, his current project being a history of NATO nuclear policy. He has also made numerous television documentaries, including a six-part series on the history of NATO for the BBC.
Barry studied mathematics at Oxford University, but left to pursue a journalism career. Born in Martin, England, Barry resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife and three children.