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Andrew Becker

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Border and National Security Reporter


Andrew Becker covers border and national security issues for the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch. His reporting has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, the New York Times, Newsweek/Daily Beast and PBS/FRONTLINE. Before joining CIR in 2008, he was a fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he reported on human smuggling and corruption along the Southwest U.S.-Mexico border for a joint New York Times and PBS FRONTLINE/World production. Previously he was a reporter for the Contra Costa Times. He has also written and reported for the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, FRONTLINE, KQED California Report, and Los Angeles magazine. He received a master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley.

My priorities

Homeland Security, corruption, drug trafficking, immigration, domestic intelligence collection and surveillance, U.S.-Mexico border, terrorism

Recent Spotlight Articles

Free military surplus gear a boon to local Calif. law enforcement
A Pentagon equipment giveaway worth an estimated $2.8 billion has bolstered police, sheriff’s and fire departments across the country over the past two decades.
Border agency's rapid growth accompanied by rise in corruption
Since October 2004, 132 U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees have been indicted or convicted on corruption-related charges. Rapid expansion and lack of funds for background checks are blamed.
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