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Reis Thebault named West Coast correspondent for The Washington Post

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 29: Reis Thebault May 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Announcement from national editor Matea Gold, deputy national editor Phil Rucker and America Desk Editor Cathleen Decker:

We are delighted to announce that Reis Thebault will be our new West Coast correspondent, a role in which he will help helm our coverage of the biggest news events in the western United States and pursue revelatory stories about life in this dynamic region.

Reis is taking on this key beat after 3½ years on the General Assignment team, where he tallied more than 700 bylines, covering everything from natural disasters and mass casualty events to UFOs and the FBI's Bigfoot files. He is known for his elegant prose, sharp story ideas and collegial spirit.

As part of The Post's earliest efforts to track the toll of covid-19, Reis covered the virus's unequal impact and its spread to rural America. He traveled to Georgia to report on the 2020 election and he profiled a local journalist who witnessed history there. Last year, Reis filled in as The Post's bureau chief in Brussels for three months, covering the European Union and NATO. He reported on vaccine inequality from one of Europe's poorest regions and on a tiny village's changing way of life from a Belgian "book town."

Reis joined The Post in 2018 as a summer intern on the Local desk. Before joining the General Assignment team, he helped Jackie Alemany launch Power Up, a morning politics newsletter now known as The Early 202.

Reis attended Miami University in Ohio and earned his master's in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied computer-assisted reporting and spent a year investigating the legacy of segregation in Fresno, Calif. The project was recognized with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association.

Reis was born and raised in the Midwest, but he has roots in California: He's the fourth generation of his family to call the Los Angeles area home. In L.A., he will join his partner, an audio journalist who has been living in the city for more than a year. In their spare time, they'll cook and camp their way across the region's mountains, deserts and beaches.

While Reis is thrilled to be back in the same time zone as the Golden State Warriors, he will miss the District's public basketball courts, where he has battled his dear friend and colleague Michael Brice-Saddler in countless one-on-one games over the past four years.

Please join us in congratulating Reis on his new role, which he will begin Sept, 19.

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