Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl, Deputy Foreign Editor Eva Rodriguez and Foreign Assignment Editor Brian Murphy:

We’re thrilled to announce that Isabelle Khurshudyan will become a Moscow correspondent. She will join Robyn Dixon, the incoming bureau chief, in the vast and vital task of helping our readers make sense of Russia and its neighbors.

Isabelle is a Russian speaker who has demonstrated her speed, agility and flair during five standout years as a reporter in Sports. Her first “foreign” assignment, she tells us, began when she was asked in the fall of 2015 to cover the Washington Capitals and a sport she knew next to nothing about. She asked questions, cultivated sources – and quickly established her mastery of the job, winning the Red Fisher Award for best NHL beat writer in 2018.

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The Caps won the Stanley Cup that year, and Isabelle captured every moment, including Alex Ovechkin’s triumphal return to Russia, where he hoisted the Cup in Red Square. She also spent a month in our Moscow bureau as a mid-winter fill-in, writing memorably about why Russia hadn’t yet witnessed a #MeToo movement and also, inevitably, about the Alex Ovechkin museum.

Isabelle was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and grew up speaking Russian at home, first in New York City and then in South Carolina. She got her start at The Post as a summer intern in 2014, after graduating from the University of South Carolina. She covered high school sports and then University of Virginia and Virginia Tech sports before moving on to the Capitals.

She will start in Foreign on Nov. 1, after wrapping up her final assignment in Sports, where she is helping to cover the World Series. We expect that she will take up her post in Moscow later in the year, once she gains the necessary accreditation.

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