From an internal Washington Post announcement, obtained by FishbowlDC:
We are pleased to announce that Ernesto Londono joins Foreign to become the newest member of our Iraq war reporting team based in Baghdad. He will succeed Josh Partlow, who is nearing the end of a terrific tour. We expect Josh to head off to a new assignment soon.
Ernesto is quite familiar with Iraq, which he covered for us during a two month rotation early last year. Among many others, his reporting produced a moving front page story about the revival of the stage at Baghdad’s National Theatre in the midst of war.
Ernesto has covered criminal justice in Montgomery County since September 2005. Before joining the Post, he covered immigration at the Dallas Morning News and its Spanish-language daily, Al DÃa. In 2005 he received a grant from the Kaiser Family Foundation to travel to Central America, where he wrote stories about HIV in the region. He also worked at the Post’s Southern Maryland bureau in 2003 as a summer intern.
Ernesto was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism and Latin American studies from the University of Miami in 2003.
Ernesto will head to Iraq next month, joining bureau chief Sudarsan Raghavan and correspondent Amit Paley.