As you ready those clever and insightful entries for the latest Loop contest — in which we’ve challenged readers to help figure out what the United States should do with our massive embassy over in Baghdad, now that we don’t need so much real estate there — we thought we’d take a moment to introduce our illustrious panel of judges:
Terrence Smith is a Pulitzer prize nominee (and a former Loop contest winner) whose career included two decades at The New York Times, as well as stints at CBS News and the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. You can often catch him guest-hosting NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show.
ProPublica reporter Dafna Linzer is known for her international and foreign affairs reportage. She’s a former Post colleague, and spent 10 years as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, where she reported from Baghdad on that infamous hunt for weapons of mass destruction.
An impressive and — as we’ve warned you, un-bribeable, lineup.
They’ll be sifting through the hundreds of responses. Might they pick yours to win a coveted Loop T-shirt? Only if you submit one, of course — and remember, the deadline is midnight on Friday.