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

As Francis marks a decade as pope, what does it mean to be 86?

For most of us, it’s an age beyond the realm of what we’ll ever experience.

March 13, 2023

Pope Francis at 10 years: He has made his mark, but early hope has faded

Within the Catholic Church over the past decade, conservative opposition to Pope Francis has intensified, while many on the left say he hasn't done enough.

March 12, 2023

Trains reportedly on same track for 12 minutes before crash in Greece

As emergency workers continued to pick through the charred carriages, Greeks were turning their focus to a rail system that had long been in worrisome shape.

March 2, 2023

Dozens dead after migrant boat breaks apart near Italian coast

The boat sank off Italy's Calabrian coast as migration to Europe, often aided by traffickers, is spiking. Authorities say the death toll is almost certain to rise.

February 26, 2023

Separated by war, a Ukrainian family balances safety, duty and love

He is on the front line. She is adjusting to life in Germany. The Ukraine war anniversary marks nearly a year living apart.

February 23, 2023

Beyond the hopeful pope bubble in South Sudan, scenes of despair

While Pope Francis spoke in a conference hall, people five miles away in Juba IDP Camp 3 didn’t have the means to watch.

February 4, 2023

Pope Francis tells leaders of troubled South Sudan: Enough!

For a pope who has prioritized outreach, majority-Catholic South Sudan has long represented an ultimate test in the church’s ability to help in nation-building.

February 3, 2023

A rejuvenated Pope Francis revels in Congo’s energy

The pope led the crowd in song and brought the house down with his condemnation of corruption — a scourge in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

February 2, 2023

Over a million gather in an ecstatic Kinshasa to hear Pope Francis’s Mass

Pope Francis's first stop in his visit to Africa was the DRC, where he gave Mass to thousands of people in Kinshasa.

February 1, 2023

‘Stop choking Africa,’ Pope Francis tells world on trip to DRC and S. Sudan

While the church is often seen as a potential stabilizing force in the heavily Catholic countries, that burden falls principally on Francis's shoulders this week.

January 31, 2023