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Brian Murphy becomes Asia and Russia editor

June 4, 2018 at 11:13 AM

Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl and Foreign Deputy Editor Mary Beth Sheridan:

We’re very happy to announce that Brian Murphy will become our next Asia and Russia editor, a move that will allow him to play an even more pivotal role in driving Foreign desk coverage.

Brian is one of The Post’s most nimble editors, with a speed, savvy and story sense that few can match. For the past four years, he has operated at the very heart of the newsroom, beginning his days at 5:30 a.m. and working at high velocity with correspondents around the world (and, when Trump is tweeting, in Washington) to build and shape the biggest breaking-news stories of the day.

The scores of reporters and editors who have worked with Brian through elections, wars, natural disasters and terrorist attacks have come to regard him as a generous and indispensable partner who brings a contagious calm to even the most stressful situations.

Before joining The Post in 2014, Brian had spent most of his career overseas as a writer and editor for the Associated Press, including stints as a correspondent in Rome, a bureau chief in Athens and Dubai, and as a Middle East news editor in charge of Iraq war coverage.  He was also an assistant foreign editor, based in New York. He is the author of four books, including the forthcoming ‘Adrift’ , a true story about an 1856 shipwreck in the icy Atlantic, to be published in September by Perseus.

Brian grew up in Bernardsville, N.J., and graduated from Boston College. He speaks Italian and Greek.

As Asia and Russia editor, Brian will oversee the correspondents based in our bureaus in Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong. He will spend the month of June as a fill-in correspondent in Seoul and will  move to the Foreign desk in August. He will succeed Will Englund, who will spend this autumn teaching at Princeton.

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