Patrick Joseph Sloyan has covered national and international affairs since 1960. He was involved in the coverage of the 1962 Cuban missile crises that had the United States and the Soviet Union on the brink of nuclear warfare; the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights struggle and the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals involving Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan. As a foreign correspondent based in London, he covered Europe, the Mideast during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon; the British invasion of the Falkland Islands and the transformation of the Soviet Union during the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev. His work has earned him journalism's most distinguished prizes for domestic and foreign reporting. In addition to daily journalism, he has written extensively for a variety of publications including Rolling Stone, The New Republic, The Nation, the Washington Monthly, American Journalism Review, the Washington Post Outlook, and The Guardian. He currently is working on a book about the seeds of the ten-year American war in Vietnam.
Sloyan became Washington Bureau Chief of Newsday, the Long Island Newspaper, in 1986. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his coverage of Desert Storm, the Persian Gulf War and its aftermath. In the same year, he was also given the George Polk Award for War Reporting. In 1996, he was given the Raymond Clapper Award for investigative reporting that revealed windfall payments by Clinton Administration to defense contractors.