Anne Kornblut is Director of Strategic Communications and Policy Communications at Facebook, leading communications across a range of issues. She oversees communications for Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, leads all communications involving policy, and manages a team of speechwriters for senior executives. She specializes in strategic positioning, high-profile crises, politics and policy.
Before joining Facebook in 2015, Anne spent two decades in journalism, most recently as a Senior Editor at The Washington Post helping oversee all political, national security, federal government and health/science issues. In 2013, she oversaw coverage of Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, which won the Post the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. In 2014, she helped oversee the Post’s coverage of Secret Security lapses, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. She covered the White House and three presidential campaigns as a reporter before that, and in 2009 published an acclaimed book on women in politics, “Notes from the Cracked Ceiling.”
Earlier in her career, Anne worked as a reporter for the New York Times and the Boston Globe, covering national and international politics. In 2001, she won the prestigious Aldo Beckman Award for her critical reporting on the George W. Bush administration in the year after the Sept. 11 attacks. She has appeared on dozens of national news programs and given numerous speeches on politics and journalism.
In 2014, Anne was awarded the John S. Knight Journalism fellowship at Stanford, where she developed the first software-based freelance network for the Washington Post. She is a graduate of Columbia University, with a degree in US history.
Anne is on the board of the Global Fund for Women, a fund that supports human rights initiatives for women around the world. She lives in Palo Alto, California with her husband and two small children.