Sudarsan Raghavan to Baghdad

The Post made the following announcement yesterday:

    We’re pleased to announce that Sudarsan Raghavan will be our new correspondent in Baghdad, replacing Jonathan Finer, who’s just completed a 14-month tour.

    In volunteering to undertake this difficult assignment, Sudarsan joins a group of Post journalists who have authored some of the finest coverage of the war, and we know he will contribute in a big way to our bureau there.

    Sudarsan came to The Post in February, 2005 as a general assignment writer in Prince George’s County after almost a decade covering conflict overseas. He’s worked in more than 50 countries and nine war zones in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the former Soviet Union, and Central America.

    He has written extensively about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; civil wars in Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo; post-apartheid South Africa; the rise of the Taliban Islamic regime in Afghanistan; and the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko in Zaire. He spent much of 2004 covering the humanitarian crisis and civil war in Sudan’s Darfur region.

    He began his career freelancing from the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in 1992 and then spent a year on the reporting staff of Newsweek International. From 1994-1997, he was based in Johannesburg as a super stringer, freelancing across Africa and Asia for an array of U.S. and British media, including Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. In 1997, he joined The Philadelphia Inquirer as a roving general assignment writer. In 2000 he opened Knight Ridder’s bureau in Nairobi, and was the chain’s Africa bureau chief until he joined the Post.

    Raghavan is married to Teresa Gumiel, a Spanish television and radio journalist. He’ll get started in Iraq next month.

Another question we have: Where has Jackie Spinner been? After returning from Iraq, she was forthcoming in March about her difficulties re-entering the newsroom. Then, in April, the Post made her “Regional Military Affairs Reporter.” But since then, there’s been very little activity from Ms. Spinner in the Post’s pages.