Word from the Post’s Metro desk today that former Iraq correspondent Jackie Spinner, who authored “Tell Them I Didn’t Cry: A young journalist’s story of joy, loss and survival in Iraq” upon her return, has finally found a new beat. She had complained earlier that her editors hadn’t really known how to handle her, but now she has an assignment that suits her background. From the Metro Desk:
New Regional Military Affairs Reporter
We’re pleased to announce that Jackie Spinner will be Metro’s new Regional Military Affairs reporter. She’ll be reporting on the home front of an institution she covered under fire and with distinction until five months ago in Baghdad. There, in two tours totaling 13 months, she survived mortar attacks, car bombs and a kidnaping [sic] attempt….
In her new assignment, Jackie will cover the region’s large military community, including the impact of planned closings of some local military bases. She will be part of the Virginia staff but will work out of the newsroom downtown.
Jackie has been a reporter at The Post since 1995. She’s covered commercial real estate and accounting policy on the Business staff, and Southern Maryland and Prince George’s County for Metro. She grew up in Illinois and now lives in Mt. Rainier. She says she misses her goldfish, left behind in Iraq.