Ted Gest, president of Criminal Justice Journalists, the nation’s only organization of working journalists covering criminal justice, has been a senior fellow and founding partner of the Center for Crime, Media and Justice since 2006. He was Coordinator of the Council of National Journalism Organizations from 2003 to 2006. A veteran journalist, he covered the White House, Justice Department, Supreme Court, and legal/justice news during a 23-year career at U.S. News & World Report.
A native of St. Louis, Gest began his career at the Post-Dispatch. He has been cited by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and he won an American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award. Gest’s book on criminal justice policy, Crime and Politics, was published in the summer of 2001 by Oxford University Press. In 1997, he co-founded Criminal Justice Journalists, which he has headed ever since. In March 2003, he was named Coordinator of the Council of Presidents of National Journalism Organizations. Gest graduated from Oberlin College and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He is based in Washington, D.C.