CHARLES LANE is a member of The Washington Post editorial board and a weekly columnist for the paper’s op-ed page. A finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing, he was formerly the Post’s correspondent at the Supreme Court. He is the author of Freedom’s Detective: The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America’s First War on Terror (forthcoming from Hanover Square Press in April 2019). In 2008, he published The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of Reconstruction, a history of racial violence in the post-Civil War South praised by The New York Times as a “riveting . . . legal thriller.”
A former editor of The New Republic, where his decisive action against the journalistic fraud of Stephen Glass became the subject of the 2003 film Shattered Glass, Mr. Lane has also worked as a writer and foreign correspondent for Newsweek, covering civil wars in the former Yugoslavia and Central America during the 1980s and 1990s. His writing has also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Review of Books, and The Atlantic, among many other publications. He is a frequent commentator on television and radio.
Mr. Lane has taught journalism as a Ferris Professor at Princeton University and as a lecturer in English at Georgetown University. In 2009, he studied and lectured at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany as a Bosch Public Policy Fellow. He studied law at Yale as a Knight Foundation Fellow and received a master of studies degree from that institution in 1997. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard in 1983. Mr. Lane lives in the Washington, D.C. area.