Chico Harlan


Rome bureau chief covering southern Europe and sometimes parts beyond

Education: Syracuse University

Chico Harlan is the Rome bureau chief for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2008, first covering the Washington Nationals baseball team and then spending four years as the paper’s East Asia bureau chief, focusing on Japan and the Korean Peninsula. Before moving to Europe, Harlan covered economic issues and spent a year on The Post’s national enterprise team. Harlan worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Daily Telegraph, in Sydney, prior to coming to The Post. He grew up in Pittsburgh.
Latest from Chico Harlan

Pope Francis says ‘door is open’ to eventual retirement as he slows pace

Pope Francis, on his return flight to Rome from Canada, said it was a “normal option” to think about retirement, although he hadn't reached that point yet.

July 30, 2022

Pope Francis takes leave of Canada in Nunavut amid criticism

Indigenous people say his apologies for the actions of "many Christians" in Canada's residential schools were a crucial first step. But they still want him to apologize for the Church as an institution.

July 29, 2022

A Congo teen alleged rape by a priest. She had to flee. He can still say Mass.

A Post investigation of an abuse case in a powerful African diocese found the Catholic Church failed to follow its new accountability rules.

July 27, 2022

Residential schools banned native languages. The Cree want theirs back.

It won't be easy: The schools were effective at breaking up the intergenerational passage of language. But in Maskwacîs, Alberta, there’s some cause for hope.

July 27, 2022

Pope apologizes for ‘evil committed by so many Christians’ in Canada’s residential schools

On his first full day in Canada, Francis apologized to Indigenous survivors of the often-brutal system school system run in part by the Catholic Church.

July 25, 2022

Pope Francis heads to Canada with apology on the agenda

This trip is unlike any other in papal history: Expressing remorse over the church's role in the Indigenous residential school system is its primary purpose.

July 23, 2022

A drought in Italy’s risotto heartland is killing the rice

How Italy's arid summer looks through the eyes of rice farmers and risotto chefs.

July 22, 2022

Italy’s Mario Draghi resigns; new elections are set for September

The episode brings a crashing end to a period of relative political stability and unity.

July 21, 2022

Italy in crisis as president rejects premier Draghi’s offer to resign

A fracture in Draghi's coalition was triggered when one party abstained from a confidence motion, opposed to a plan for a trash incinerator in Rome.

July 14, 2022

Catholic bishop, under fire for abuse record, declines cardinal honor

The nomination of Van Looy to become a cardinal raised questions about the Vatican’s process for vetting.

June 17, 2022