Azi Paybarah

Washington, D.C.

National reporter covering campaigns and breaking politics news.

Education: University at Albany, B.A. in English

Paybarah joined The Washington Post in 2022. He previously covered politics for the New York Times, Politico New York and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow in 2017.
Latest from Azi Paybarah

GOP candidate jokes about kidnapping plot against Michigan governor

In 2020, federal officials interrupted a kidnapping plot that targeted Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Tudor Dixon's Democratic rival in November's election.

September 23, 2022

Post Politics Now: Hoyer, McCarthy make dueling pitches in Pittsburgh area

In Washington, President Biden is attending a Democratic National Committee fundraiser and hosting a concert at the White House by Elton John.

September 23, 2022

Post Politics Now: House passes four policing bills after clearing early hurdles

None of the legislation is expected to reach President Biden's desk by the midterm elections, but Democratic leaders think its consideration sends an important message to voters.

September 22, 2022

Jan. 6 committee reaches deal with Ginni Thomas for an interview

The conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will be interviewed by the committee in the coming weeks.

September 21, 2022

Post Politics Now: Biden decries ‘a brutal, needless war’ in address to United Nations

The speech to the 77th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York is part of a busy day for Biden. His schedule also included a meeting with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss.

September 21, 2022

McConnell-linked super PAC pulls out of Senate race in Arizona

The cuts are another blow to a GOP candidate who has been significantly outraised by his Democratic opponent and outmatched on the airwaves.

September 20, 2022

Post Politics Now: ‘Dark money erodes public trust,’ Biden says as he pushes disclosure legislation

At a White House event, the president offered his support for legislation that would require super PACs and so-called “dark money” groups to disclose donors.

September 20, 2022

Post Politics Now: It’s a big week on the world stage for Biden

After returning from London, the president is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly and hold a meeting with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss later this week.

September 19, 2022

Post Politics Now: Biden meets with South African leader, relatives of Americans detained in Russia

The president had separate meetings with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and family members of two Americans detained in Russia: Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.

September 16, 2022

Arkansas GOP gubernatorial candidate Sarah Sanders undergoes surgery for thyroid cancer

Sarah Sanders, the Republican nominee for Arkansas governor, underwent surgery Friday to remove her thyroid gland after doctors discovered cancer earlier this month.

September 16, 2022