Richard H.P. Sia is senior editor of National Journal's CongressDaily, where he directs coverage of defense, homeland security, government oversight and telecommunications issues and oversees special projects.
He has reported for The Honolulu Advertiser and The Baltimore Sun, where he was a Pulitzer Prize nominee in 1984, State House correspondent in Annapolis from 1984-1988 and defense correspondent at The Sun's Washington bureau from 1988-1994. His assignments at The Sun included the end of the Cold War and its impact on U.S. national security policy and the military, the 1991 Persian Gulf War in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and the turmoil in Somalia, where Sia reported from Mogadishu and remote areas of the country in 1992. He also flew with the German Luftwaffe on relief missions launched from Mombasa, Kenya to the Somali hinterlands.
Later, as Washington correspondent for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Sia won a 1996 National Press Club award for consumer journalism and was part of a team that received an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1998 for the PBS Frontline documentary, "Hot Guns." He also served as senior managing editor of LEGI-SLATE News Service, an online subsidiary of the Washington Post Co. that became part of National Journal Group in 1999.
Sia, who grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduated from Punahou School in 1971 and received a B.A. degree in government with honors from Harvard College in 1975. He served as press secretary to U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, from 1975-1977.