Andrew Tilghman is the Pentagon Bureau Chief for the Military Times. He helps coordinate coverage of the Defense Department for a newsroom of 30 reporters for the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times newspapers and their websites.
He began covering the military in 2005 after leaving the Houston Chronicle to go to Iraq as a Middle East Correspondent for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. Since then, he has spent months embedded with combat units, traveled frequently with the Secretary of Defense and covered nearly every aspect of U.S. military. He has a deep familiarity with military life and service culture. He has written extensively about the military's weapons systems, operational capabilities and overseas operations. He has a detailed knowledge of the Pentagon's policy making process and acquisitions programs as well as Capitol Hill's defense oversight and appropriations process.
His work often involves a mix of first-hand sources, data analysis and exclusive access to internal Defense Department documents. His reporting, research and analysis has influenced public policy, shaped public debate in Washington and been cited in numerous academic studies in both military and civilian publications. The Military Reporters and Editors Association has twice honored him with its highest prize, the Joseph Galloway Award, in 2011 and 2013. He was also awarded the Society of Professional Journalism's Sigma Delta Chi award for public service journalism in 2011 and was twice recognized by the Gerald R. Ford Foundation for distinguished reporting on national defense.
His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Washington Monthly Magazine, USA Today, Defense News and other newspapers. A graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.