Ted Gest oversees the daily news digest “Crime and Justice News” for The Crime Report, and reports and blogs on criminal justice developments in Washington DC and elsewhere in the country. Ted covered the White House, the Justice Department, the Supreme Court, and legal/justice news during a 23-year career atU.S. News & World Report. He is president of Criminal Justice Journalists, the nation’s only association of criminal justice reporters, which he founded in 1997. In September 2011, he began a part-time stint as public information officer for the Washington, D.C., Attorney General.
A veteran journalist, Ted began his career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (his native city). A former coordinator of the Council of National Journalism Organizations (2003-2006), Ted has been cited by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and won an American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award. He is the author of Crime and Politics and was named Coordinator of the Council of Presidents of National Journalism Organizations in 2003.
He is a founding partner of John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice. Ted is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He serves as a juror for the annual John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Awards for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife.