Griff Witte


Leading coverage of American democracy after years overseas in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia

Education: Princeton University, BA in history

Griff Witte is the Democracy Editor for The Washington Post. He has previously served as the paper’s deputy foreign editor and as bureau chief in Berlin, London, Jerusalem, Islamabad and Kabul. Before returning to editing, he was a national correspondent, roaming the U.S. His award-winning reporting for The Post has taken him to more than 30 countries, where he has covered wars, elections, uprisings, revolutions, disasters both natural and man-made, and everyday life. Before joining The Post, Witte was a reporter for the Miami Herald. He also served as the researcher for Steve Coll’s Pulitzer
Latest from Griff Witte

As shootings mount, anger grows that it’s ‘happening over and over’

A recent wave of shootings has left dozens injured in mass violence in public or crowded places.

April 23, 2022

In Putin’s Ukraine quagmire, echoes of Soviet failure in Afghanistan

Moscow appears to have underestimated its adversaries this time, just as it did then.

April 2, 2022

Arizona Republicans are pushing to divide Maricopa County. Critics say it’s about revenge for 2020 — and planning for 2024.

Opponents say the legislation could make it easier to infuse doubt in the results of future votes or even overturn them.

March 18, 2022

After more than two weeks of war, the Russian military grinds forward at a heavy cost

Two weeks after Russian forces streamed into neighboring Ukraine following months of buildup, evidence is mounting that the invasion has not gone to plan — and that Russia’s much-vaunted military may not be the formidable force once feared.

March 11, 2022

Nuclear catastrophe ‘narrowly averted’ as Russia presses siege of Ukrainian cities

Mayor of Mariupol warns that his city faces “humanitarian catastrophe.”

March 4, 2022

As over 100,000 rally for Ukraine, Germany announces vast defense spending increase that may upend European security policy

Germany, Europe’s biggest economy and the most populous nation in the European Union, had long frustrated the United States and allies across the continent with its hesitation to invest more in its military.

February 27, 2022

Civilians are dying in Ukraine. But exactly how many remains a mystery.

Accurate counts have been difficult as international observers have fled or taken cover and the battlefield expands.

February 26, 2022

Fight crime or reform policing? As homicides spike, mayors nationwide insist they can do both.

City leaders are trying to navigate between demands for social justice and fears about public safety.

February 11, 2022

Homicide rates have soared nationwide, but mayors see a chance for a turnaround in 2022

City leaders say greater funding, improved strategies and fed-up communities could help curb violence this year.

January 22, 2022

Arizona Democratic Party votes to censure Sinema, citing filibuster vote

The decision reflected the growing estrangement between the first-term senator and her party.

January 22, 2022