John Ward Anderson

Senior Advisor


  • Media Relations
  • Foreign Press
  • Crisis Communications
  • Reputation Enhancement
  • Media Training

Fun Facts

Favorite Movie: The Great Escape
Top Vacation Spot: My backyard
Recommended Read: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
Comfort Food: Duck confit with sautéed potatoes, a Lyonnaise salad to start and a bottle of Cahors wine


A renowned former foreign correspondent with The Washington Post and editor of POLITICO magazine, John Anderson brings extensive experience to Cogent clients in need of public relations expertise. Drawing on an in-depth understanding of foreign policy earned in the field, John advises clients on crafting and executing effective PR and strategic communications campaigns.

John was one of the longest-serving correspondents in the history of The Washington Post, spending 16 years overseas as bureau chief in New Delhi, Mexico City, Istanbul, Jerusalem and Paris. Along the way, John also became one of the Post’s primary war correspondents and wrote extensively on the US role in conflicts and peacekeeping efforts in Kosovo, the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also spearheaded the paper’s groundbreaking coverage of Iran.

More recently, as a top editor at POLITICO, John edited coverage of the White House, health care, energy and the environment, the economy and defense for POLITICO’s website and daily newspaper. He was the founding editor of POLITICO Magazine, which today is the media company’s flagship publication.

John brings his distinguished experience in journalism and press relationships to bear in a variety of settings, and his success in the private sector is equally impressive. He has been a senior international adviser to presidents, prime ministers, ambassadors and other senior officials from more than 20 countries around the globe, advising them on bilateral relations with the United States, international press coverage, strengthening democracy and crisis communications. He has worked with NGOs, international coalitions, business magnates and other private concerns on strategic planning, messaging, reputation and legacy building and other communications issues.

As a young boy, John dreamed of becoming a writer. Nowadays, when not writing or providing strategic communications advice to clients, John enjoys reading, traveling, photography and birdwatching.