Josh Partlow to Baghdad

The Washington Post just released the following announcement:

    We’re pleased to announce that Josh Partlow will be our new correspondent in Baghdad, joining bureau chief Sudarsan Raghavan.

    In his two-month tour in Iraq earlier this year, Josh distinguished himself with great energy and skill. His curiosity led him to a Baghdad movie theatre, where he found 11 people watching a film in an auditorium built for hundreds; to the university, where he found a letter to a professor, slightly bulging with an AK-47 bullet inside; and to an embed with American soldiers who were deeply frustrated at their mission. Through it all Josh demonstrated great teamwork and careful preparation, and on his way home he landed at Heathrow smack in the middle of another big story – the London terrorist arrests. Josh lost his luggage but remained for a week to help us cover the chaos.

    Josh grew up in Olympia, Washington, attended Duke University, worked in Argentina at the Buenos Aires Herald, and holds a masters in journalism and international affairs from Columbia University. He came to The Post in 2003 as an intern on Financial, and went to Metro in the autumn of 2003.

    Josh steps in to succeed Jonathan Finer, who’s taken a leave after serving more than a year in Iraq.

    We hope to see Josh on station in Baghdad in early January.

And we’re hearing that there might be an even bigger personnel announcement tomorrow…?