Turque Turns To Schools, Partlow to Latin America

An internal Washington Post announcement, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    We are pleased to announce that Bill Turque will turn his reporting and writing talents to D.C. Public Schools, one of the hottest beats in the region. Bill will help us track the Fenty administration’s key reforms and analyze the impact.

    Bill will be covering the schools beat alongside Dion Haynes and taking on the duties of Theola Labbe, who spent nearly two years covering District schools. Her stories about the Fenty-Rhee team– including scoops about the budget and school closing plans — set the stage for public debate on reform efforts. Theola will work with Investigative on a schools-related project and then move to a new assignment later this year.

    Since 2006, Bill has covered politics and government in Fairfax, where his instincts for news and compelling writing style made his work a model for accountability reporting. He has written effectively on a broad range of subjects including property assessments, residential overcrowding, immigration laws, homelessness, economic trends and Virginia’s role in the presidential race.

    Bill joined the Post in 2002 after many years at Newsweek. Before moving to the Virginia desk, he was an assignment editor on the Maryland desk.

    Theola came to the Post in 2001 as a Maryland education reporter. She went to Baghdad in 2003 as the first reporter lent by Metro to Foreign in the post-war Iraq rotation. Her work there won her the Emerging Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. She returned to the City Desk to write about foster kids, the homeless and other social issues before moving to the schools beat.

    The two reporters begin their new assignments later this month.


    We’re pleased to announce that Joshua Partlow will become a correspondent in Latin America. Josh will succeed Monte Reel, who is setting off in June to write a book based on his recent magazine piece about the search for uncontacted tribes in Brazil.

    Josh has just come home from more than a year in Iraq. He devoted his final months to a pair of memorable projects — the account of the injured seeking treatment in Amman, and a report from the north about the Kurdish fighters, both accompanied by splendid photos from Andrea Bruce. Throughout his tour, Josh put his formidable talents for observation and writing on display in the face of immense difficulty and hardship.

    In Latin America, Josh will help us pioneer a new model of foreign correspondence — roving the region in search of news and enterprise. We expect to load extra cell phones, a laptop and wireless cards into his backpack. He’ll have a residence somewhere in the region, but we expect him to be on the road often, carrying the bureau in the backpack. There won’t be a formal office with a sign out front.

    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.

    We’re very happy that he’s decided to take on a new challenge for Foreign.