Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist and nationally-syndicated columnist. With tenacious reporting and insightful commentary, Joel has become a leading expert on the original Axis of Evil: Iran, Iraq, and North Korea; its unindicted co-conspirator, Saudi Arabia; and the Middle East’s original democracy, Israel. He is best-known for his exposés of the State Department which led to the end of Visa Express in Saudi Arabia and the firing of the Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, Mary Ryan. More recently, he uncovered the fact that the Bureau of Prisons was allowing Islamic terrorists in federal prison to communicate with the outside world—and the agency did not have a single full-time Arabic translator to monitor the phone calls and letters of over 100 terrorists.
In 2003, Joel was named “Journalist of the Year” at the Conservative Political Action Conference and won the Eugene Katz award for excellence in immigration coverage. He was also a finalist for a National Magazine Award—that industry’s Pulitzer Prize—for outstanding investigative journalism. In addition, he is the author of “Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America’s Security.”
His work has been published in a wide variety of top publications, including the Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, National Review, New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, San Diego Union-Tribune, Investors Business Daily, Philadelphia Inquirer, Arizona Republic, Manchester Union Leader, FrontPage magazine, Jewish World Review, and Washington Times.
Since 2002, Joel has made over 200 appearances on TV news programs, ranging from ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight” to Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes” and “Fox & Friends.” He is also a regular on several nationally-syndicated talk radio programs, such as the “G. Gordon Liddy Show” and the “Jim Bohanon Show.”
A graduate of the University of Illinois (with a degree in economics) and Georgetown Law School, Joel worked on Capitol Hill for former Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), where he primarily handled Social Security privatization. Earlier he spent two years working for Pioneer Strategies under now-ABC News reporter Heather Nauert.