Rich Leiby’s career is taking a huge twist. The former longtime Style writer and now Enterprise Editor for WaPo Local will be Bureau Chief in Islamabad. Starting early next year, his new team will cover Pakistan and Afghanistan. He will assume his new post on Feb. 1 and replaces Karin Brulliard, who is taking over as the Jerusalem Bureau Chief. In other foreign bureau news, Kevin Sieff, an education reporter, assumes the position of Bureau Chief in Kabul. He replaces Josh Partlow, whose going on leave after five years of being a war correspondent.
The memo couldn’t be more “sparkling” about him.
Congratulations to Leiby.
See the internal memo…
We’re happy to announce that we’ve settled on a new team to cover Pakistan and Afghanistan beginning early next year.Rich Leiby, currently the enterprise editor on local, will become bureau chief in Islamabad. For most of the last 20 years, Rich has been a mainstay on Style, and his distinguished career as an editor, reporter, and columnist has already included a number of overseas assignments, including stints in Iraq, Israel, and Egypt. A sparkling writer, dogged reporter and first-class idea machine, Rich has most recently dazzled readers with his profiles of Ahmed Ezz, the imprisoned Egyptian magnate, and Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricket star turned politician. He’ll take over in Pakistan by Feb. 1, replacing Karin Brulliard, who is becoming bureau chief in Jerusalem.Kevin Sieff, currently an education reporter, will become bureau chief in Kabul. In just 15 months at the Post, Kevin has shown uncommon promise, as a gifted writer with admirable drive and uncanny story sense. A previous tour covering the U.S.-Mexico border for a small paper in Texas helped sharpen his skills as a foreign correspondent. He’ll take over in Afghanistan by Jan. 1, replacing Josh Partlow, who will begin a leave after nearly five years of war coverage.Together, Rich and Kevin will make for a formidable team in covering a region whose importance to the United States makes it central to the Post’s mission. With the ten-year-old American war effort still very much in the balance, we expect Rich and Kevin to deliver more of the competitive, comprehensive coverage that has distinguished the Post’s journalism on both sides of the border.