Uri Blau, Israel, is an investigative journalist specializing in military and political affairs, corruption and transparency. Blau started his career in 1994 at the Jerusalem weekly Kol Hai'r and in 2005 joined Tel Aviv's Haaretz newspaper. He is currently a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
During his 15 years as a working journalist, Blau has uncovered a number of high profile corruption scandals involving top government officials, such as the Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman and former Israeli prime ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert.
Blau himself was at the center of a national security scandal after his investigation revealed that the Israeli Defense Forces had conducted and covered up unlawfully targeted assassinations in the West Bank. In 2011 he became the first journalist in Israel to be charged and convicted under the Espionage Act for possession of classified information.
Blau has worked as an analyst for Japan’s Fuji TV and Britain’s Channel 4, and other international media outlets.