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Shibani Mahtani named International Investigative Correspondent

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 13: Washington Post staff foreign correspondent Shibani Mahtani on June, 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl, Deputy Foreign Editor Jennifer Amur, Interim Deputy Foreign Editor Susan Levine and Senior Editor for International Investigations Peter Finn:

We’re very happy to announce that Shibani Mahtani will become an international investigative correspondent, based in Singapore.

This is a new job, part of a significant expansion of The Post’s capacity to deliver ambitious, accountability-driven international reporting. Shibani will be part of a team headed by Peter Finn, the senior editor for international investigations. Her base in Asia will add a new geographic dimension to the investigative team, which already includes correspondents in London and Washington and will often work in partnership with other Post correspondents in two dozen locations around the world.

Shibani has deep experience in Asia, first as correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and then, for the past four years, as The Post’s Southeast Asia bureau chief, based in Hong Kong. She has reported extensively from Myanmar, the Philippines, Laos and other parts of the region, with a particular focus on China’s role in extending its influence, most notably through its crackdown in Hong Kong. Her tenacity, ingenuity and collegiality have produced truly revelatory work, including an investigation (in partnership with The Post’s visual forensics team) that used civilian-generated videos and soldiers’ TikToks to show how Myanmar’s military terrorized its people with weapons of war.

Shibani joined The Post in 2018 after seven years as a correspondent for the Journal, first in Southeast Asia and later in Chicago, where she covered the Midwest. She was the first Myanmar-based correspondent for the Journal after the country’s opening in 2012, and she covered the elections that saw Aung San Suu Kyi come to power. Her coverage of Hong Kong for The Post won a Human Rights Press Award for investigative reporting by Shibani and others that used video, documents and expert analysis to show that Hong Kong police repeatedly violated their own guidelines in using force against protesters.

Shibani is a graduate of the London School of Economics, with a B.S. in government and history, and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She speaks Malay and Indonesian. She has been on leave since May while completing a book on Hong Kong with her husband, Timothy McLaughlin, a contributing writer at the Atlantic. They will share their home in Singapore with their adopted Hong Kong village dog, Bean.

She will begin her new role Nov. 1. Please join us in congratulating her.

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