John Walcott heads to Reuters’ Washington bureau, where he’ll serve as the foreign affairs and national security editor, announced Washington bureau chief Kevin Krolicki and deputy Washington bureau chief Kevin Drawbaugh in an email to staff.
Walcott will be responsible for D.C.-based foreign policy reporters as well as reporters at the UN bureau in New York.
Most recently, Walcott, who has covered foreign affairs for over three decades, was the team leader for national security and foreign affairs at Bloomberg. Before that, he was the Washington bureau chief at Knight Ridder and then McClatchy, when the latter bought the former.
Walcott was also the first recipient of the Nieman Foundation’s I.F. Stone award, when it was introduced in 2008. The foundation cited him for “leading his team of reporters in their probing, skeptical coverage of events during the run-up to the Iraq war at a time when most U.S. news organizations failed to question the motives and rationale for the invasion of Iraq.”