Karen DeYoung

Washington, D.C.

Associate editor and senior national security correspondent

Education: University of Florida, BS in journalism, 1971

Karen DeYoung is associate editor and senior national security correspondent for The Washington Post. In more than three decades at the paper, she has served as bureau chief in Latin America and London and as correspondent covering the White House, U.S. foreign policy and the intelligence community. She has been assistant managing editor for national news, national editor and foreign editor. She has won numerous awards for national and international reporting and is the author of “Soldier,” a biography of Colin Powell.
Latest from Karen DeYoung

Asked about sending weapons to Ukraine, South Korea doesn’t say no

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is on a Pacific swing, part of an effort to expand alliances as China engages in more "destabilizing" behavior.

January 31, 2023

Short on time, Biden sought new Ukraine tank plan to break stalemate

Amid growing discord, a new proposal swayed a reluctant ally, as Germany relented on Leopards and U.S. pledged (eventually) to provide Abrams tanks to Kyiv.

January 28, 2023

U.S. to launch talks on partnership with 11 Western Hemisphere nations

The U.S. will begin negotiations on an deal designed to promote regional economic cooperation without offering greater access to the U.S. market for their goods.

January 27, 2023

U.S. will supply M1 tanks to Ukraine; Germany approves Leopards

The decisions end months of debate among Western allies and pave the way for a major shift in the balance of power on the Ukrainian battlefield.

January 25, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: U.S. to send Abrams tanks; Germany also agrees to supply Leopard 2 vehicles, reports say

Zelensky removes regional governors and officials. Germany is under pressure from NATO allies, including Poland, to sign off on sending Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv.

January 24, 2023

U.S. to give Ukraine advanced M1 tanks

The American-made Abrams tanks, probably numbering at least 30, are not likely to arrive in time for an expected spring offensive, however.

January 24, 2023

Tank dispute splits Ukraine’s allies as Zelensky seeks more firepower

Germany has rebuffed requests for its Leopard tanks to be used against Russian forces, roiling a meeting of defense ministers from nations aiding Ukraine.

January 20, 2023

Inside the urgent push to arm Ukraine for a spring offensive

Over the past few weeks, Western allies of Ukraine have committed massive packages of mechanized armor to break the stalemate with Russia. Here’s how it came together — and what they expect Kyiv to do with it.

January 19, 2023

Biden faces objections in Congress to selling warplanes to Turkey

Some U.S. lawmakers are expected to require that Turkey commit to ratify Finland’s and Sweden’s entry into NATO as a condition for advancing any F-16 sale.

January 13, 2023

American held in Russia is released, U.S. officials say

Taylor Dudley was released at a border crossing with Poland. It appears he was not part of a prisoner swap.

January 12, 2023