Laicie Heeley

Laicie Heeley is the Founder and CEO of Inkstick Media and Editor in Chief of the foreign policy magazine Inkstick. Laicie’s background as a writer and photographer lends itself to an appreciation of storytelling in all of its forms. This is evident in her role as Executive Producer and Host of the PRX- and Inkstick-produced podcast, Things That Go Boom, where she explores the “ins, outs, and whathaveyous of what keeps us safe.” She is also a Partner with the Truman National Security Project. Laicie’s work has appeared in well-known newspapers, journals, and periodicals including Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Associated Press, and she has appeared as an expert on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.


Prior to launching Inkstick, Laicie was a Fellow with the Stimson Center’s Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program and Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Her areas of expertise include U.S. budget process, defense strategy, and nuclear weapons proliferation. Laicie previously held positions at Physicians for Social Responsibility, The Counter Terrorist Finance Organization, and Global Green USA where her research focused on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons in addition to the financing and structure of terrorist organizations.

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