Press Release

‘U.S. National Security and the Trump Administration’

September 12, 2018 – by Cole Hatcher

Nancy A. Youssef

The Wall Street Journal’s Nancy A. Youssef to Speak Sept. 25 at Ohio Wesleyan

DELAWARE, Ohio – Nancy A. Youssef, national security correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, will discuss “U.S. National Security and the Trump Administration” when she presents Ohio Wesleyan University’s 16th Annual Corinne Lyman Lecture on International Studies.

The award-winning journalist will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in Room 312 of OWU’s R.W. Corns Building, 78 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Before joining The Wall Street Journal, Youssef served as the senior national security correspondent for Buzzfeed News and senior national security correspondent for The Daily Beast. Prior to that, she worked for McClatchy Newspapers, where she served in roles including national security correspondent, Middle East bureau chief in Cairo, and chief Pentagon correspondent in the United States.

While covering the Pentagon, Youssef focused on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and traveled extensively to the region to report how U.S. policies reached Afghans, Iraqis, and U.S. troops. As Baghdad bureau chief, she explored “the everyday Iraqi experience, civilian casualties, and how the U.S.’s military strategy was reshaping Iraq’s social and political dynamics.”

Founder of the Pentagon Press Association, Youssef has won several awards for her work, including the University of Virginia’s Lawrence Hall Award for Distinguished Journalism covering the Middle East, as well as awards from the Maryland-D.C. Delaware Press Association and the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

A native of Washington, D.C., Youssef earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Virginia and her master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Lyman Lecture Series is named in honor of Corinne Lyman, a retired OWU professor of politics and government. She created Ohio Wesleyan’s International Studies Program and chaired it until retiring in 1999. Learn more about the program at http://owu.edu/internationalstudies.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.