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Washington Post names Susannah George its Gulf bureau chief

by | Aug 31, 2023

The Washington Post reports that Susannah George will become its Gulf bureau chief, leading coverage of the oil-rich monarchies of the Persian Gulf and their neighbor, Iran. George has spent the past four years as Afghanistan-Pakistan bureau chief, covering the fall of the Afghan government, the U.S. withdrawal and the return of the Taliban to power. She is, states The Post, “well positioned to shift her sights to the Persian Gulf, another rapidly changing region that is central to U.S. and global security.

“A tenacious reporter, Susannah is also an effective leader who helped to orchestrate the emergency evacuation of our Afghan employees and their families who fled in August 2021 as security in Kabul collapsed. She began her career as a producer and editor for National Public Radio, reporting from Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and Tunisia during the Arab Spring, and headed the Associated Press’s Baghdad bureau from 2015 to 2018. Before joining The Post in 2019, she covered national security and intelligence from the AP’s Washington bureau.

“In her new role, we expect that Susannah will be based in Dubai as part of a Middle East team that also includes Post correspondents based in Beirut, Cairo, Istanbul and Jerusalem. She will prioritize coverage that illuminates the transformations within Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other gulf states, as well as the ways in which they are using their money and power to carve out increasingly influential roles on the world stage. She will also take responsibility for coverage of Iran, the region’s other major military power and one whose tensions with gulf neighbors have long been a flashpoint.”

She is a graduate of George Washington University, with a bachelor’s in international affairs. She speaks Arabic.

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