About Karen DeYoung
Karen DeYoung, author of Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell, is an associate editor at The Washington Post. She currently writes about terrorism issues for the National and Foreign Desks.
From September 2001 until the summer of 2003, she covered U.S. foreign policy for the paper, writing among other things about the beginning of the counterterrorism struggle and the lead-up to the Iraq war. Before then, she covered global issues including war crimes, the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and narcotics trafficking.
Beginning in 1989, she served as national editor, then assistant managing editor for national news, for ten years directing the Post's award-winning coverage of the White House, Congress and national policies and politics as well as the paper's domestic bureaus. From 1977 through 1988, she worked for the foreign news operation, as bureau chief for Latin America, foreign editor, and bureau chief in London.
DeYoung joined the Post in 1975 after working as a non-staff stringer in West Africa. She grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and holds a degree in journalism and communications from the University of Florida. She lives with her husband and two children in Washington, D.C.
A collection of some of her Washington Post reporting is below:
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An excerpt, "Falling on His Sword," from Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell will run in The Washington Post Magazine on Sunday, Oct. 1.