Michael Birnbaum

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering climate and security

Education: Yale University, BA in history; Deep Springs College

Michael Birnbaum is a climate reporter for The Washington Post. He previously served in Europe for more than a decade as the The Post's bureau chief in Brussels, Moscow and Berlin. He has reported for the newspaper from 38 countries, covering the conflict in Ukraine, the Egyptian revolution, the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and the Arab Spring elsewhere in the Middle East. Birnbaum has a degree in German history from Yale University. He grew up in Chicago.
Latest from Michael Birnbaum

In Africa, Eastern Europe battles Russian narrative on Ukraine

Russia has convinced some African nations that sanctions are causing the global food crisis. Eastern European countries are trying to change that narrative.

June 25, 2022

Ukraine pleas for ammunition grow amid intense firefight in East

Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko said on national television that there is evidence of a potential cholera outbreak that could kill thousands as a result of the port city’s water supply being poisoned by blood from dead bodies that have yet to be collected.

June 10, 2022

E.U. leaders happy to pose with Zelensky, hesitant on Ukraine membership

Even if it gets 'candidate status' this month, Ukraine is likely to end up disappointed.

June 10, 2022

War may drag on, but Ukraine has right to its territory, NATO chief says

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Ukraine was entitled to seek the full expulsion of Russian forces from the Donbas region and Crimea.

June 3, 2022

Street battles in Severodonetsk; Zelensky says Russia holds 20% of Ukraine

Ukraine is withstanding Russian attacks in the east, but it is a grinding fight, the Pentagon said.

June 2, 2022

Russian soldier gets life in prison in Ukraine’s initial war crimes trial

The swift guilty verdict and life sentence could invigorate thousands of other war crimes investigations, Ukrainian officials said.

May 23, 2022

Senate confirms new ambassador to Ukraine; Russia displaying scaled-down ambition, U.S. says

Russian leaders are responding to the historic move by Finland and Sweden to apply to join NATO with talk of “retaliatory measures.”

May 18, 2022

Turkey blocks start of NATO talks on Finland’s and Sweden’s applications

The resistance put a damper on a historic moment.

May 18, 2022

Splits open at NATO about how to boost presence in Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe wants big new deployments of NATO troops to defend against Russia, but some other alliance members are skeptical of then need for shifting major forces east, particulalry after seeing Russian forces struggle in Ukraine.

May 17, 2022

U.S. seeks clarity after Turkey signals opposition to Sweden, Finland joining NATO

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Germany on Saturday to meet with NATO foreign ministers and top diplomats of Finland and Sweden.

May 13, 2022