John Ward Anderson | Managing Director

  • Boston, MA
  • BA, Harvard University
  • International Communications, Foreign Press, Reputation Enhancement

A renowned former foreign correspondent with The Washington Post and distinguished editor of POLITICO magazine, John Ward Anderson brings extensive experience to Cogent Strategies' public relations practice. Drawing on an in-depth understanding of foreign policy earned in the field, John advises firm clients on crafting and executing effective PR and communications campaigns.

John was one of the longest-serving correspondents in the history of The Washington Post, spending 16 years overseas as bureau chief in New Delhi, Mexico City, Istanbul, Jerusalem and Paris. Along the way, John also became one of the Post’s primary war correspondents and wrote extensively on the US role in conflicts and peacekeeping efforts in Kosovo, the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also spearheaded the paper’s groundbreaking coverage of Iran. More recently, as a top editor at POLITICO, John edited coverage of the White House, health care, energy and the environment, the economy and defense for POLITICO’s website and daily newspaper.

John brings his distinguished experience in journalism and press relationships to bear in a variety of settings, and his success in the private sector is equally impressive. Among his achievements is having pitched and secured a slot for a client to ring the closing bell at NASDAQ. As a result of the appearance and speeches, there was significant accompanying media coverage and an hour’s worth of video and pictures broadcast on NASDAQ’s seven-story video screen overlooking Times Square in New York. Coverage following the event included interviews on US and international television networks and with major US financial reporters.

John grew up in Simsbury, CT, and Framingham, MA. He has a bachelor's from Harvard and speaks Spanish.