David Philipps

American journalist
David Philipps
BornDavid Nathaniel Philipps
1977 (age 46–47)
OccupationJournalist, Author
EducationMiddlebury College, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
EmployerThe New York Times
Notable worksALPHA: Eddie Gallagher and the war for the soul of the Navy SEALs, Lethal Warriors, Wild Horse Country
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize (twice)

David Nathaniel Philipps (born 1977) is an American journalist, a national correspondent for The New York Times and author of three non-fiction books. His work has largely focused on the human impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the people who make up the United States military. He has been awarded The Pulitzer Prize twice, most recently in 2022.


David Philipps has been a military correspondent for The New York Times since 2014. Previous to that he was a reporter for The Gazette in Colorado Springs. His work has largely focused on the impact of war on the men and women in uniform.

In 2022 Philipps was part of a team of reporters awarded The Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, for a series that exposed how United States military airstrikes in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan caused thousands of civilian deaths that had never been publicly reported.

The author's 2021 book, ALPHA, examines the high-profile court martial of Navy SEAL chief Edward Gallagher and the history and culture of the elite SEAL commando teams that lead to what the men who served under him testified were a number of cold-blooded murders.

In 2014, Philipps was awarded the Pulitzer for national reporting for a three-day series "Other Than Honorable" in The Gazette of Colorado Springs on the treatment of injured American soldiers being discharged without military benefits.[1]

He has also been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times, in 2009 for an investigation of violent crime in Colorado Springs by returning combat soldiers, in 2018 for breaking news coverage of a mass shooting in Las Vegas, and most recently in 2024 for an investigation showing soldiers were getting brain injuries from firing their own weapons.[citation needed]

Philipps won the 2009 Livingston Award[2] for his reporting on violence in infantry troops returning from Iraq. His book, Lethal Warriors[3] chronicles how the 12th Infantry Regiment, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, produced a high number of murders after soldiers returned from unusually violent combat tours. Philipps worked for 11 years as a features writer and enterprise reporter at the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Philipps has written extensively about wild horses in the West. His work gained attention in 2012 when U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar threatened to punch him for asking about problems in the department's wild horse program.[4] The incident was later parodied by the satirical news publication The Onion.[5] Philipps's subsequent reporting led to state and federal investigation of the wild horse program and its largest horse buyer. His 2017 book, Wild Horse Country, traces the culture and history that created modern wild horse management.

Philipps graduated from Middlebury College in 2000 and earned a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2002.[6]


Middlebury College, 2000

Columbia University School of Journalism, 2002

Notable works

  • ALPHA: Eddie Gallagher and the war for the soul of the Navy SEALs
  • "A Secret War, Strange New Wounds, and Silence From the Pentagon [1]" The New York Times, Nov. 5, 2023
  • "Death in Navy SEALs Reveals a Culture of Brutality, Cheating and Drugs [2]" The New York Times, Aug. 30, 2022
  • "How the U.S. Hid Airstrikes that Killed Dozens of Civilians [3]" The New York Times, Nov. 13, 2021
  • "Civilian Deaths Mounted as Secret Unit Pounded ISIS [4]" The New York Times, December 12, 2021
  • "The Unseen Scars of those who Kill by Remote Control [5]" The New York Times, April 15, 2022
  • Wild Horse Country, the history, myth and future of the mustang, America's horse
  • "Wild Horses Adopted under a Federal Program are going to Slaughter" The New York Times, July 20, 2021
  • "Anger and Anguish for SEALs who reported Edward Gallagher [6]" The New York Times, Dec. 27, 2019
  • "Navy SEALs were warned against reporting their chief [7]" The New York Times, April 23, 2019
  • "Wounded Warrior Project Spends Lavishly on Itself [8]" The New York Times, January 27, 2016]
  • "In unit stalked by suicide, members try to save one another" [9]," The New York Times, Sept. 19, 2015
  • "Other than Honorable," The Colorado Springs Gazette, May 19, 2013
  • "Casualties of War Archived 2014-04-05 at the Wayback Machine," The Colorado Springs Gazette, July 28, 2009.
  • "All the missing horses," ProPublica, Sept. 28, 2012
  • "Honor and Deception," The Colorado Springs Gazette, Dec. 1, 2013


  1. ^ "The Gazette and reporter Dave Philipps win Pulitzer Prize".
  2. ^ "Journalist David Philipps". Archived from the original on 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2022-07-06.
  3. ^ "Livingston Awards - About". Archived from the original on 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  4. ^ "Colorado: Interior Secretary Apologizes to Reporter". The New York Times. 15 November 2012.
  5. ^ https://www.theonion.com/secretary-of-interior-decks-smart-ass-buffalo-1819574054
  6. ^ "Midd Alum Wins Pulitzer for National Reporting". 15 April 2014.
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