Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl, Deputy Foreign Editor Eva Rodriguez and Middle East Editor Alan Sipress:

We’re delighted to announce that Louisa Loveluck, one of our Beirut-based Middle East correspondents, will become Baghdad bureau chief.

Louisa’s grit and initiative have been on display for the last 2 ½ years in her powerful, often moving coverage of the war in Syria. Her work in 2018 included her elegiac telling of a Syrian love story and her successful unearthing of satellite photography, eyewitness testimony and other evidence demonstrating Syria was resorting to the mass killing of political prisoners as the war entered its final chapter. Her courageous reporting from eastern Syria bore witness to the final stages of the U.S.-backed assault on what little was left of the Islamic State’s once-sprawling caliphate – and also to the pathos, peril and questions surrounding the fate of former fighters, their spouses and children, and vast numbers of civilians caught up in the strife.

She is a graduate of King’s College, Cambridge. She began her career as a researcher for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London, and then reported from Cairo from 2013 to 2016 as a reporter for The Daily Telegraph as the Arab Spring descended into a deep chill. She came to The Post as a Laurence Stern Fellow in the summer of 2016, covering national security and the U.S. election as part of a three-month fellowship awarded to one young British journalist a year. She has reported for The Post from Beirut since late 2016.

Louisa speaks conversational French and elementary Arabic; she will take up her new role next month.