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Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor is the National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times, overseeing the paper's State Department, Pentagon and intelligence community coverage. He's also a frequent guest on The McLaughlin Group and C-SPAN.

His series on political, economic and security developments in Mexico won a 2012 Virginia Press Association award.

Prior to rejoining The Times in 2011, his work was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism, and appeared in a variety publications, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Salon, Reason, Prospect Magazine of London, the Daily Star of Beirut, the Jerusalem Post and the St. Petersburg Times. He's also served as an editor at World Politics Review, written for America's Quarterly and produced news videos and feature stories for Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Clark University. After a stint at States News Service, he spent five years at The Times from 2001 through 2006, first on the metro desk and later reporting from Iraq, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Guantanamo Bay, in addition to pursuing special assignments throughout the U.S. He was part of a team of Times reporters who won a Society of Professional Journalists award for their coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

He can be reached at [email protected].

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ahead of an NCAA college football game between the Army and the Navy, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Rex Tillerson announces partial easing of State Department hiring ban

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson drew applause from U.S. diplomats Tuesday by announcing at a State Department townhall meeting that he was easing what had been a months-long hiring freeze at the State Department to aid families of department employees. Published December 12, 2017

Mikhail Lesin (right) served as a top press aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin until 2009. As his broadcast network RT expanded, he had a falling-out with Mr. Putin, one American intelligence source said, and he moved his family to California. (REUTERS/ITAR-TASS/KREMLIN PRESS SERVICE)

Obama-led intel fiasco paved way for Russian subversion

That so much of Mikhail Lesin's death remains unexplained more than two years later underscores the deep confusion in Washington over what American spies knew and didn't know about the depths of Russian subversion activities in 2015 and, more broadly, whether Moscow's subsequent election-meddling exposed a major hole in American intelligence. Published December 7, 2017

Filipino Sen. Leila de Lima, an outspoken critic of firebrand populist President Rodrigo Duterte, has been in jail since February, but that hasn't stopped her crusade to draw attention to what she calls "flagrant" rights abuses being carried out by the government in Manila. (Associated Press)

Jailed Filipino lawmaker leads crusade against Rodrigo Duterte

Filipino Sen. Leila de Lima, an outspoken critic of firebrand populist President Rodrigo Duterte, has been in jail since February, but that hasn't stopped her crusade to draw attention to what she calls "flagrant" rights abuses being carried out by the government in Manila. Published December 6, 2017

North Korea abruptly ended a 10-week pause in its weapons testing by launching what the Pentagon said was an intercontinental ballistic missile, apparently its longest-range test yet, a move that will escalate already high tensions with Washington. The Korean letters read "Fired ballistic missile." (Associated Press)

More North Korean tests likely to come after launch of most sophisticated missile so far

North Korea fired what may be its most sophisticated ballistic missile ever Tuesday, flouting President Trump's threats and international efforts to halt the rogue nation's nuclear weapons program and kicking off what national security experts say is likely the first in a surge of new tests from the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the coming months. Published November 28, 2017

Opposition Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla, center, talks to the press after a press conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. Hondurans waited anxiously with no results released hours after polls closed for Sunday's presidential election, while both the president and his main challenger claimed victory after what appeared to be a heavy turnout by voters. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Honduras surprise: Flamboyant TV host might win presidency

An ostentatious TV show host held the lead Monday in Honduras' presidential election -- a surprise development that prompted concern among U.S. officials who'd hoped the Central American nation's current, pro-Washington president would cruise to a second term. Published November 27, 2017

In this Nov. 9, 2017, photo, Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, speaks during an event in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) ** FILE **

Bannon storms Japan, bashes U.S. 'elites' for bungling rise of China

Former Trump administration chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon railed against China's "hegemonic" ambitions Wednesday, telling a crowd in Tokyo that the West and its Asian allies must wake up to communist Beijing's plan to "dominate" the world economy. Published November 15, 2017

This undated file photo distributed on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, by the North Korean government, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, second from right, at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

North's spy network a major security gap, defector claims

One of the highest-profile North Korean defectors living in South Korea said Pyongyang continues to operate a wide-reaching spy network inside the South despite soaring tensions on the peninsula. Published November 12, 2017

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, right, with CIA Director John Brennan, center, and FBI Director James Comey, left, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on cyberthreats. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Botched Russia assessment raises questions of intel chiefs' motives

Fourteen days before President Trump took the oath of office, the Obama administration's intelligence chiefs made public a unanimous assessment claiming Russian operatives, under orders from President Vladimir Putin, had orchestrated an influence campaign to help Mr. Trump win the presidential contest. Published November 8, 2017