Will Dobson Will Lead NPR’s International Desk

He starts Feb. 29.

Will Dobson will join NPR as the senior supervising editor of the international desk, announced NPR News executive editor Edith Chapin in a note to staff.

“Will brings heft to our thinking about international coverage, serious digital chops, and a proven track record of thoughtful, serious journalism,” writes Chapin, adding, “Will is a journalist and a leader who sees NPR’s international reporting as ‘one of NPR’s crown jewels.'”

Dobson, who is currently Slate’s Washington bureau chief, starts on the leap day of Feb. 29. During his four years at Slate, Dobson had also served as political and foreign editor.

Before Slate, Dobson had held a number of politics and foreign policy writing and editing positions, including senior editor for Asia at Newsweek International; managing editor at Foreign Policy; and contributor to the Washington Post editorial page, focusing on the Arab Spring.

Dobson will take over for interim head Didi Schanche, who had stepped in for Chapin when Chapin was named acting (and later official) executive editor, Chapin herself replacing Madhulika Sikka, who had left for Mic. Schanche returns to her previous role as deputy senior supervising editor.