WaPo Taps NYT‘s Doug Jehl for Foreign Editor Post

WaPo has snagged Doug Jehl to replace David Hoffman as Foreign editor. Jehl is currently the deputy Washington bureau chief for NYT.

Internal memo obtained by FishbowlDC below:

We’re pleased to announce that, after an intensive search, we are naming Doug Jehl to the post of Foreign Editor, replacing the irreplaceable David Hoffman when he steps down at the end of the month. Doug comes to us from the New York Times, where he is a deputy Washington bureau chief overseeing national security issues. Last year, he led members of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for coverage of the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Doug has a deep knowledge of both intelligence, military and terrorism issues, but also has extensive experience as a foreign correspondent. He has spent much of his career reporting from the Middle East and on terrorism around the world. He was among a team from the New York Times that won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for his reporting from Saudi Arabia during the months after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Doug began his career at the Los Angeles Times, where he covered two
presidential campaigns, the environment, the war on drugs, and was a White House correspondent from 1991 to 1993. He has also been in the trenches for numerous, defining conflicts, from Panama to the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Israel, Lebanon, as well as Afghanistan during the early stages of the war.

We believe Doug will bring intellect, creativity and breadth to our foreign report, whether we’re aggressively pursuing news or staking out key areas of enterprise. Kevin Sulllivan will be a key partner of Doug’s in leading the staff, bringing his extensive knowledge of The Washington Post and our correspondents in the field, earned from his own successful tours in Tokyo, Mexico and London.

Our commitment to foreign news is unwavering and we hope our new team will help this talented staff flourish and distinguish itself in coming years.

Doug will join us at the end of the month, and have a brief overlap to learn the ropes from David, before he transitions into a new role as contributing editor to The Post.

Marcus Liz