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

We’re very happy to announce that Susannah George of the Associated Press will become our next Afghanistan/Pakistan bureau chief.

Susannah is a prize-winning journalist with deep experience in reporting from perilous places, including assignments in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and Tunisia during the Arab Spring and in Iraq on multiple tours, including a 30-month stint that ended last year. She is an accomplished manager, having served as AP’s acting bureau chief in Baghdad during the prolonged battle to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State. Her work from Baghdad twice won honors from the Overseas Press Club, and it was part of the AP’s Pulitzer finalist package in 2018 that showed the human cost of the U.S.-led defeat of the Islamic State in Mosul was far greater than anticipated.

Susannah is an Arabic speaker who spent much of her childhood in Gaza and the West Bank and is a graduate of George Washington University. She began her career as a field producer and editor for National Public Radio; worked as a freelance journalist from the Middle East for Public Radio International, Sky News and Foreign Policy; and has spent the last year in the AP’s Washington bureau as a correspondent covering national security and intelligence.

Susannah will be based in Pakistan, but will spend much of her time in Afghanistan. She will start work in the newsroom on Aug. 19, and will take up her duties in Afghanistan by mid-September.