Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl, Deputy Foreign Editor Jennifer Amur, Interim Deputy Editor Susan Levine and Russia and Eastern Europe Editor David M. Herszenhorn:
Francesca comes to us from Tunisia, where she has been a correspondent for the Associated Press. She is a fluent Russian speaker who previously spent four years in Moscow for the AP and other news organizations. In recent months, she has reported with distinction from Ukraine, initially as part of the AP team that covered Russia’s invasion and the early weeks of fighting.
In her new role, Francesca will work closely with Robyn Dixon, our Moscow bureau chief; Mary Ilyushina, our Russia reporter; and researcher Natalia Abbakumova, the longtime bureau linchpin.
Francesca began her journalism career as a freelance conflict-zone reporter who traveled to Ukraine in 2014 to cover the country’s war with Russian-backed separatists. She later reported from Kyiv and Moscow for the Kyiv Post, the BBC, Politico Europe, and other news organizations before joining the AP in 2017 as a multimedia journalist. She is a tenacious reporter and talented writer; her work for the AP has included projects exposing new details about Kremlin-linked troll factories and the plight of Chechen dissidents in Europe.
Francesca graduated from Cambridge University with a bachelor’s degree in modern and medieval languages. In addition to Russian, she is fluent in French and proficient in Arabic.
Please join us in welcoming Francesca, who will initially be based in London. (Our Russia team is reporting from outside of the country because of restrictions imposed by the Russian government.) She starts Oct. 17.