Marcy Wheeler

Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as “emptywheel” at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Motherboard, the New Republic, and Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and live-blogged the Scooter Libby trial.

Marcy serves on the Advisory Committee for the House Fourth Amendment Caucus, is a senior fellow at Auburn University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, and was declared an Internet Human Rights hero by AccessNow.

Marcy has been blogging full time since 2007. She’s known for her live-blogging of the Scooter Libby trial, her discovery of the number of times Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded, and for reverse-engineering government surveillance years before it otherwise gets disclosed.

Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse in Grand Rapids, MI.