National Security reporter focusing on Congress Education: Harvard University, AB cum laude in history; Fletcher School at Tufts University, MA in law and diplomacy Karoun Demirjian covers national security policy on Capitol Hill, with a focus on defense, foreign policy, intelligence and matters concerning the Justice Department. She was a correspondent based in The Washington Post's bureau in Moscow. Before that, she reported for the Las Vegas Sun as its Washington correspondent, the Associated Press in Jerusalem, the Chicago Tribune and Congressional Quarterly, and worked at NPR. Demirjian is also an on-air contributor to CNN. Honors & Awards:
David Lynch Regional Reporting Award, Washington Press Club Foundation
Professional Affiliations: Standing Committee of Correspondents (2017-18) Languages spoken in addition to English: Russian, German, Armenian
Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin is still unlikely to be confirmed as defense secretary before the end of next week, making Biden the first president in decades not to have his Pentagon pick in place on Day One.
A combination of the Georgia Senate races, arcane rules of committee procedure, and the political climate are delaying what has been a decades-long tradition of presidents having their national security team in place on Inauguration Day.