Post Names New LA Bureau Chief

From their internal announcement:

    We are thrilled to announce that Karl Vick, currently of Palo Alto via Turkey, Iran, Iraq and other far-flung parts, will become The Post’s next Los Angeles bureau chief. Karl, who succeeds new Outlook editor (and fellow distinguished foreign correspondent) John Pomfret, will start once his well-deserved break for the Knight Fellowship at Stanford University ends this June.

    Karl has traveled the world for the Post since 1998, first as Nairobi bureau chief, then as Istanbul bureau chief. Along the way, he covered war in Liberia and revolution in Kyrgyzstan, the U.S. embassy bombings, the Bam earthquake and endless mayhem in Iraq, where he also served as bureau chief from September 2004 to February 2005. Time and again, Karl has used his eye for telling detail and wry sense of place to great effect. In Kandahar as the Taliban collapsed, Karl found a young Afghan spotter who risked death to make secret reports by satellite phone to the Americans. Later, he turned ten trips to Iran into a memorable portrait of a contradictory place, where men took time out from recruiting suicide bombers to debate the nuances of “Bruce Almighty.”

    He started at the Post on Metro back in 1994, covering general assignment in Montgomery County, after spending nearly a dozen years at the St. Petersburg Times. A native Minnesotan, Karl also served as a TV critic in a previous life – which should come in handy in LA.