Post’s Blaine Harden to Tokyo

From the Post’s internal announcement:

    We’re pleased to announce that Blaine Harden has agreed to take a leap from one side of the Pacific to the other to become our Tokyo bureau chief. He succeeds Anthony Faiola, who returned recently to become the New York correspondent.

    Blaine’s elegant writing has graced our pages for nearly three decades. By his own tally, he has worked as a Fairfax County reporter, Virginia rover, staff writer at the magazine, DC staff reporter, Africa correspondent, Eastern European correspondent, investigative reporter, presidential political reporter, New York bureau chief and national reporter covering the West from Seattle.

    But this list does not even begin to tell the full story of his journalism, some of the most compelling story-telling of our time. Blaine’s experiences in Africa were distilled into “Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent,” published by Norton 1990. He won the Livingston Award for his coverage of famine in Ethiopia. His time in Europe put him on the front lines of the Balkans wars and the collapse of Communism. He wrote many stories on the rise, reign and rot of Slobodan Milosevic and covered two of the bloodiest and most dangerous years of the wars in the former Yugoslavia.

    Blaine grew up near the Columbia River in eastern Washington, where his father worked at the Grand Coulee Dam. He took a two-year leave in 1993-95 to write a book, “A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia,” also published by Norton, 1996.

    Yes, it is true Blaine lost his way for a short while and worked at another newspaper in New York. We hope they will be paying close attention when Blaine begins to turn his reporting skills on Japan and the Koreas. He should be making the move to Tokyo this summer with his wife, Jessica Kowal, a former New York City Hall reporter for Newsday and now a freelance writer, and their two children, Lucinda and Arno.