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Terrence McCoy named Brazil correspondent

Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl and Deputy Foreign Editor Eva Rodriguez:

We’re delighted to announce that Terrence McCoy, a newsroom standout who joined The Post five years ago as a writer for Morning Mix, will become Brazil correspondent, effective this spring.

Terry has produced highly memorable work, most of it as part of Local’s social issues team, with a focus on poverty in rural and urban America. His work has included the 2015 series on the financial exploitation of lead-poisoning victims, for which he won a George Polk award. He has succeeded in illuminating hidden parts of America through deeply human tales that reflect his passion, dedication and remarkable gifts as a reporter and writer.

Those skills make Terry ideally suited to take charge of covering Brazil, whose vastness, diversity and clout demand such masterful storytelling. We see Brazil as a particularly resonant target, because so many of the issues that Brazil faces -- a shift toward autocracy; fierce tensions over race and violence; urgent threats to the environment, and particularly the Amazon -- can be seen as microcosms of broader global challenges.

This assignment is the latest step in a continuing expansion of The Post’s international coverage. As a full-time correspondent, Terry will work in partnership with Marina Lopes, who has reported half-time from Sao Paulo since 2017. He will be part of a broader Latin America team that includes bureau chief Kevin Sieff and correspondent Mary Beth Sheridan, who are based in Mexico City and are responsible for Mexico and Central America; and Tony Faiola, who is based in Miami as bureau chief for South America and the Caribbean.

Terry grew up in Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Iowa. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia, graduated from the Columbia Journalism School, and reported for the Miami New Times and the Houston Press before joining The Post in 2014 as part of the inaugural class on the Morning Mix. He speaks fluent Khmer and proficient Spanish, and he looks forward to turning his attention to Portuguese. He will move to Brazil with his wife, Emily Codik, an editor in Features, after dedicating a couple of months to language study and other preparation for the new role.