Shibani Mahtani is the Southeast Asia bureau chief for The Washington Post, covering countries that include the Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia and Malaysia. She also covers Hong Kong, where she is based. She joined The Post's foreign desk in 2018 after seven years as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Southeast Asia and later in Chicago, where she covered the Midwest. She was the first Myanmar-based correspondent for the Wall Street Journal following the country's opening in 2012 and covered the elections that saw Aung San Suu Kyi come to power and their aftermath. In Chicago, she covered national news with a focus on criminal justice and policing.