Cairo bureau chief covering North Africa and Yemen Education: University of California at Los Angeles, political science and economics; Columbia University, master's in journalism; Columbia University, master's in international affairs; Columbia University, graduate-level certificate in South Asia studies
Sudarsan Raghavan, the Washington Post’s Cairo bureau chief, has spent more than two decades as a foreign correspondent, based in Baghdad, Kabul, Johannesburg, Madrid and Nairobi (twice). He has investigated child slavery and other abuses, reported on elections, refugee crises, natural disasters and societal trends in more than 65 countries. He has extensively covered Islamist movements, global terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the rise of the Taliban, the U.S. military intervention after 9/11 and the Iraq invasion. He has also covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the 2011 Arab revolutions and 17 African wars.
As Baghdad bureau chief, Sudarsan ran the Post's largest overseas operation during the Iraq war's most violent years. A 2001 investigation with a colleague exposed abusive child labor practices on West African cocoa farms that led to new US anti-slavery legislation and forced US chocolate companies to tackle the abuses. Sudarsan joined The Post in 2005 after working for Knight Ridder, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Newsweek. Raised in Los Angeles, he began his career freelancing from the Afghan-Pakistan border and later post-apartheid South Africa.
Honors & Awards:
George Polk Award for International Reporting, 2001
Overseas Press Club Hal Boyle Award, 2018
Overseas Press Club Bob Considine Award, 2008
Overseas Press Club Joe and Laurie Dine Award, 2001
Overseas Press Club Hal Boyle Award citation, 2010
Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott Prize, 2016
Livingston Award for International Reporting, 2001
Raymond Clapper Memorial Award, 2001
National Association of Black Journalists Award, International Reporting, 2015
Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal, finalist, 2001
Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, finalist 2001
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists award, finalist 2001
Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers, finalist 2011
Twelve other awards recognizing coverage of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, investigations of suburban heroin abuse in Pennsylvania and a series of rapes in Maryland, feature writing and breaking news.
Foreign languages spoken: Spanish (proficient), French (proficient), Tamil (fluent)