Rajiv Chandrasekaran Leaves WaPo for New Seattle Venture

Starbucks and media meet in Seattle.

Longtime Washington Post senior correspondent and associate editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran is headed west to Seattle, where he will launch a media startup. Why Seattle? The venture, according to Chandrasekaran’s Facebook page, will jointly produce some of its content with Starbucks:

My initial focus will be to develop television and film projects tied to For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice, the book I wrote last year with [Starbucks CEO] Howard Schultz. I’m heartbroken to leave The Washington Post but this is an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Published last year, For Love of Country recounts the stories of veterans and how their lives have changed before and after service. Here’s how Matt Gallagher described the book in a December review for the Post:

Readers might approach the book with trepidation, as this reviewer did. Between the hyper-earnest title and the cover swathed in an American flag, I expected another offering to the altar of yellow-ribbon patriotism. That was a mistake. “For Love of Country” contains full, vibrant profiles of men and women forever marked by war, who continue to endure and transform both themselves and their communities.

Chandrasekaran has been at the Post for over 20 years, starting out as an intern in 1994. He is also the author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Baghdad’s Green Zone. 

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