Alex Berenson graduated from Yale University in 1994, with degrees in history and economics. After working at The Denver Post he joined The New York Times in 1999. In 2003 he spent three months reporting on the occupation in Iraq. He lives in New York City. He won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best First Novel By An American Author for his novelThe Faithful Spy. He left the Times in 2010 to devote himself to writing fiction, though he still contributes occasionally. Alex lives in Garrison, New York, with his wife, Dr Jacqueline Berenson, and their daughter Lucy.