Jonathan has covered national security for the Reuters news service since 2015. Previously, he was senior national security and intelligence correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, covering intelligence and defense issues, terrorism, nuclear weapons and arms control policies. He focused on U.S. foreign policy toward Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East and North Korea. His assignments included visits to Afghanistan, where he traveled unilaterally as well as embeds with U.S. and Afghan forces, and the Middle East, including Syria.
He has written about foreign affairs and U.S. defense, intelligence and foreign policies since 1985, when he began reporting on South Asia and former Yugoslavia for United Press International and then the Christian Science Monitor. He later joined Knight Ridder in Washington, D.C, where he reported on the Bush administration's misuse of intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq invasion.
Jonathan has spent much of his career on the ground chronicling ethnic, religious and political conflicts in Asia, the Middle East and the Balkans. Major events that he has covered include the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, the wars of former Yugoslavia, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the 2001 U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan, the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the civil war in Syria.