David Cook is Editor at Large and hosts the Monitor Breakfasts.
Cook was the Monitor's Washington bureau chief from August 2001 through March 2016 and served as the Monitor's spokesperson when correspondent Jill Carroll was held captive in Iraq for 82 days in 2006. Cook was editor of The Christian Science Monitor from August 1994 through July 2001. During his term, the Monitor’s print edition was redesigned, csmonitor.com was launched, and the paper won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.
From 1991 to 1994, Cook was editor of Monitor Broadcasting which produced daily radio news programs heard on 200 public radio stations. Earlier, he was Managing Editor of the Monitor’s Emmy award-winning nightly television news program “World Monitor.”
Cook specialized in business reporting in the Washington bureau where he was based from 1974-1977 and from 1982-1988. For several years in the late 1970’s, Cook worked for McGraw‑Hill where his assignments included being a Detroit‑based correspondent for Business Week.
In 1977 Cook was awarded a Bagehot Fellowship in Business and Economic Journalism by Columbia University. He is a graduate of Principia College, attended the Advanced Management Program at Michigan State University, and served in the U.S. Army. He is also a member of the Gridiron Club, Washington’s oldest journalistic organization.
Cook and his wife, the former Linda Markarian, have three grown sons and two grandsons.