Ellen Francis


Breaking-news reporter

Education: American University of Beirut, BE in Civil Engineering; Columbia University, MS in Journalism

Ellen Francis is a breaking-news reporter in The Washington Post's London hub. Previously, she was Reuters’s deputy bureau chief based in Beirut. She also reported from Jordan, Egypt, Japan, and from Syria on the battle against the Islamic State.
Latest from Ellen Francis

Ukraine live briefing: Austin says war is a warning for Asia; Kyiv promises to keep shelters open

At a defense summit in Singapore, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Russia's aggression shows that security in Asia “can’t be taken for granted.”

June 3, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Blinken says U.S. ‘won’t let’ Putin impose will on others; Kyiv shoots down drones

Ukraine said air defenses shot down more than 30 missiles and drones. In Helsinki, Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered a speech on the war.

June 2, 2023

Scientists ran a health check on the Earth — and the results are worrying

The Earth Commission assessed the planet’s health against eight thresholds needed to support life on Earth — and found seven already had been breached.

June 2, 2023

    It’s Pride Month. Here’s how LGBTQ rights fared around the world this year.

    Countries from the United States to Uganda have passed legislation targeting gay and transgender rights since Pride Month last year.

    June 1, 2023

    DeSantis campaign launch conjures blunders and disasters from past candidates

    Ron DeSantis isn’t the first presidential candidate to encounter turbulence. Remember the ‘Dean Scream’ and Michael Dukakis atop a tank?

    May 25, 2023

    ChatGPT maker OpenAI calls for AI regulation, warning of ‘existential risk’

    The leaders of OpenAI behind ChatGPT called for regulating artificial intelligence, suggesting an equivalent to the world’s nuclear watchdog.

    May 24, 2023

    Ukraine live briefing: Detention of U.S. journalist extended 3 months; battles rage on Bakhmut outskirts

    The White House reiterated its call for Russia to release Evan Gershkovich and Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine convicted of espionage in Russia in 2020.

    May 23, 2023

    Ukraine live briefing: Russia claims victory in Bakhmut, but Ukraine says fight is still on

    Russia said Saturday that its Wagner mercenary group had taken Bakhmut in Ukraine's east, and President Biden plans to meet with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday.

    May 20, 2023

    The Smiths bassist Andy Rourke dies aged 59

    Andy Rourke, bassist for British alt-rock legends the Smiths, died after a lengthy illness with pancreatic cancer, his representatives and former bandmates said.

    May 19, 2023

    Ukraine live briefing: Damaged Patriot system in Kyiv has been fixed, U.S. says

    Explosions rocked Kyiv as Russia continued barrages of airstrikes on the Ukrainian capital.

    May 18, 2023