Elaine Shannon is editor-in-chief and publisher of the Environmental Working Group, which has about 1.6 million subscribers and 9 million unique visitors yearly. She is a former correspondent for Time and Newsweek and author of three books about national security, terrorism, espionage and transnational crime.She has held a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University, one of journalism’s highest honors. Other awards include the New York State Bar Association Award, the Inter-American Press Association IAPA-Bartolome Mitre Award and the Women in Communications Clarion prize
Her book, Desperados: Latin Drug Lords, US Lawmen, and the War America Can't Win, was a New York Times best-seller and basis for the Emmy-winning NBC miniseries, Drug Wars I and Drug Wars II. Her second book, No Heroes -- Inside the FBI's Secret Counter-Terror Force, with Danny O. Coulson, founder of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team, is now in development for a CBS series. Her third book, The Spy Next Door -- The Extraordinary Secret Life of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Damaging FBI agent in US History, with Ann Blackman, was published in January 2002. In her spare time, she is writing a book on how the international drug trade finances wars and terrorism.''
She has worked as a technical consultant for a number of film and documentary projects dealing with foreign relations, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and forensic science, including Inside Man (2006), The Kingdom (2007) and Public Enemies (2008)
She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She lives in Washington with her husband, Dan Morgan, a former Washington Post correspondent and author of three books. Their son Shannon Morgan is an investment banker in New York.