Josh Gerstein is a White House reporter for POLITICO, specializing in legal and national security issues. Gerstein joined the pathbreaking political news outlet just before President Barack Obamaâ€™s inauguration and has reported extensively on how Obamaâ€™s pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for war-on-terror captives went awry.
From 2002 to 2003, Gerstein was the Beijing correspondent for ABC. He made a series of trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan, reporting for programs such as â€œNightlineâ€ on the messages received by the families of Guantanamo prisoners and the precautions taken to protect U.S. diplomats. He reported for â€œWorld News Tonightâ€ on the SARS crisis from the deserted streets of Chinaâ€™s capital and from the rural farms in Guangzhou, where the virus was thought to have originated.
Gerstein attended Harvard College and received a Bachelorâ€™s degree, magna cum laude, in government. Heâ€™s also the author of a 1991 Massachusetts law, requiring college and university police departments to keep a public log of arrests and reported crimes.