Marc Ambinder

Marc Ambinder is a journalist, consultant, and author with 20 years of experience in national security, digital security, and political journalism. He created the USC Annenberg Digital Security Initiative, which provides advanced digital security and threat analysis training to hundreds of student reporters and communicators. As part of USC’s Election Cybersecurity Initiative, he  developed a comprehensive counter-disinformation curriculum for election officials and political candidates.

His third book, “The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983,” was published by Simon & Schuster in 2018. 

He  spent 11 years in Washington, D.C. as a television producer, a White House  correspondent and as a long-form magazine writer, and for several years was politics editor at The Atlantic

As a consultant, he developed the communications strategy for Facebook/WhatsApp’s endpoint encryption roll-out, created a branded content strategy for a start-up in the talent and people space, and wrote speeches for corporate CEOs.

In 2018, he was awarded a Nuclear Security Innovation fellowship from the N Square collaborative, a cross-disciplinary group of scientists, entrepreneurs, technologists and communicators working to  transform how we educate younger minds about nuclear policy.  He is also a consultant for the Ronald  Reagan Presidential Library Foundation, where he helped create an immersive educational  experience centered on presidential decision-making during crises. 

He works with Spycraft Entertainment to develop espionage-based television series and  movies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in American History from Harvard. 

His awards include a DuPont silver baton. 

Contact Ambinder at commlead@usc.edu.