Michael Isikoff is one of the prominent names among American journalists. From the year 2004 Michael Isikoff has been working for the Newsweek as an Investigative correspondent. He has written several topics that mainly focus on national issues, presidential politics, conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and also about the war of the US government against terrorism. Isikoff is a graduate in BA from the Washington University and did his Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He was in Washington post from the year 1981 and major news
that he covered there were the Persian Gulf War and drug operations in Latin America. He was also a part of financial posts financial desk and also followed the justice department.
Isikoff has won several numerous journalism awards for his repeated stories that he broke about the US governments war on terror. He has been able to expose much of the claims that US government made about the war and make them admit that it was all false. His blog that is co-written along with Hosenball won him the 2005 award for Best Investigative Reporter Online from the Society of Professional Journalists. His blog is titled "DeClassified: Investigative Reporting in Real Time. This is a regular on Newsweek website. Isikoff has exposed so much of claims of the US government such that his blog is always keenly watched by the top intelligence authorities. There is even a talk among the journalist community that it was 9/11 that brought Michael Isikoff into limelight.
Isikoff's cover story of June 2002 for the news week on the US intelligence failures preceeding 9/11 brought him the Investigative Reporters and Editors top prize for investigative reports in magazine journalism. Another war story that isikoff exposed before the Americans was the cruelties done to the inmates of the Abu Gharib jail. The jail inmates were abused physically for the purpose of interrogation. Much of the bush administration was screwed for this report. There was a major public response that made the authorities to take some serious action. Isikoff was also the part of the Newsweek team that won the national magazine award for General Excellence in the year 2002. They won the award for their coverage of the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks.
Still many remember Isikoff for the Monica Lewinsky incident that made President Bill Clinton to go for impeachment. He broke the news
to the outside world and made him won several awards for this story. Some of the awards that he won are the national magazine award in the reporting category in 1999, national headliner award, Gerald R Ford Journalism Prize and the Edgar A. Poe Award. The Washingtonian magazine even named isikoff as one of the "Most Influential American Journalists" His prominence has grown such that his way of reporting is followed by all the upcoming investigative reporters. Isikoff has authored many best sellers and from January 2009, he has been a MSNBC
contributor, appearing on the Rachel Maddow Show and Hardball with Chris Matthews.