Paul Sonne is a national security reporter for The Washington Post, where he covers the U.S. military and writes about defense policy at the Pentagon. He joined The Post's National desk in 2018 after nearly nine years as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Moscow, London and Washington, most recently covering national security from the D.C. bureau. As Moscow correspondent for the Journal, he covered Vladimir Putin, the 2014 Winter Olympics and the conflict in Ukraine. Before that, Sonne wrote political, general news and corporate stories out of the Journal's bureau in London. He started his career as an intern for the New York Times and the Associated Press. Sonne graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Russian literature and received his master’s from the University of Oxford, where he studied Russian history and politics as a Marshall Scholar.