A Pulitzer-nominated national security correspondent and specialist in behavior-change communications, has covered wars in the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo; and travelled extensively with two American presidents and four secretaries of state on overseas diplomatic missions. With the emergence of the Web and the commoditizing of content, Mr. Balman moved into the business side of communications. In that role over two decades, he helped found a news syndicate focused on the interests of women and girls, served as communications chief for the largest consortium of US international development organizations, led two successful progressive campaigning companies and launched a new division at a large international development firm centered on violent radicalism and other security issues on behalf of governments and nonprofits. A fourth generation Texan, Mr. Balman, a climber, surfer, paddler and benefactor to Smith College, lives in Washington DC. with his wife, three kids and two dogs.