TIME’s Bennett @ Tribune

After nine years and a variety of positions including the State Department and homeland security beats and a year as Baghdad bureau chief, TIME‘s Brian Bennett has left the magazine to cover homeland security and immigration policy for Tribune.  Working from the company’s Washington bureau, Bennett’s stories will appear in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun, among others.   You can follow Bennett on Twitter: @thingsblowup.

Kerry Luft’s memo announcing the hire after the jump. 

“I am pleased to announce that Brian Bennett is joining the bureau as our homeland security reporter.

Formerly of Time Magazine, Brian brings deep experience to the job. He covered Homeland Security for Time from 2004 to 2006 before moving on to the State Department beat. In previous incarnations he served a year as the magazine’s Baghdad bureau chief, making multiple trips to Iraq during some of that nation’s most perilous moments and writing cover stories on the insurgency and the crimes of Saddam Hussein’s sons. During that time he frequently showed up on network news shows from Baghdad and Washington.

He started with the magazine as a reporter based in Hong Kong for Time/Asia before moving on to cover Afghanistan, Pakistan and India from 2002-2003. His work for Time was honored with a nomination for a National Magazine Award and an honorable mention citation from the Overseas Press Club.

He is a fluent Spanish speaker with an understanding of Arabic, French and Chinese, and an avid photographer. As an undergrad at Princeton he studied with Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and John McPhee.

Brian arrives Sept. 27 and will report to David Meeks as part of the national security team. Please join me in welcoming him to the bureau.