Brian Whitmore is Senior Correspondent in RFE/RL's Central Newsroom, covering European security, energy and military issues and domestic developments in Russia. He also writes The Power Vertical blog.
In the summer of 2007, Brian gained an exclusive interview with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Prior to joining RFE/RL in 2007, he worked for eight years for the Boston Globe, first in the Globe's Moscow bureau and later as Central and Eastern European correspondent based in Prague. He was also a political correspondent and columnist in Russia where he worked for the English-language "St. Petersburg Times" and its sister publication, "The Moscow Times." Born in Connecticut, Brian has a Masters Degree in Political Science from Villanova University and Bachelor's Degree from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Before becoming a journalist, he was a graduate lecturer at the University of South Carolina, and also taught seminars at Odessa State University in Ukraine and St. Petersburg State University in Russia.
BA in Politics, St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia, PA), 1986; MA in Political Science, Villanova University (Villanova, PA), 1987.
Brian has served as a political correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times/Moscow Times in Russia (1996 – 1999) and as a foreign correspondent (Super Stringer) covering Russia, Central Europe and the Balkans for The Boston Globe (1999 – 2005). His work has appeared in Newsweek, Real Clear World, US News and World Report, the Nation, and the National Post (Canada). Brian has numerous television appearances as a guest commentator on CNN (1996), NBC (1998), BBC World Service (1998), CBC (Canada), and ORT (Russia). He is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.