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Evan Hill joins the Investigative Rapid Response Team

Announcement from Investigative Editor Jeff Leen and Deputy Investigative Editor Eric Rich:

We are pleased to announce that Evan Hill is joining the Investigative Unit as a member of the Rapid Response Team. Evan comes to us from the New York Times, where he shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, two George Polk awards and two Emmys for work that combined traditional reporting with open-source methods and techniques. Evan has a foot in both of those worlds: A decade ago, he covered the Arab Spring uprisings in Libya and Cairo, and much of his recent work involves gathering and analyzing videos, photos, satellite images and less conventional material, including cockpit audio from Russian fighter jets. Evan will help The Post build on its own record of success in using open-source reporting – often in collaborations involving the Rapid Response and Visual Forensics teams – to hold the powerful to account.

In 2021, as a member of the Times’s visual investigations team, Evan was a lead reporter on a piece that used visual evidence to show that a U.S. military drone strike targeting a suspected militant in Kabul had in fact killed 10 civilians, including an aid worker and seven children. In 2019, he was a lead reporter on a series of stories showing that the Russian military was deliberately bombing hospitals and other civilian sites in rebel-held northwest Syria.

Before joining the Times, Evan worked at Human Rights Watch in Beirut, overseeing research related to Egypt. Evan has also worked as a correspondent for the Times of London in Cairo and as a staff writer for Al Jazeera in Doha, Qatar. His reporting from the Middle East has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Atlantic and the Economist. He got his start covering criminal courts in San Francisco, including the office of then-District Attorney Kamala Harris.

Evan was born in Evanston, Ill., and raised in Madison, Wis. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He is proficient in Arabic, and in his free time, he enjoys backpacking and playing a dedicated online Diplomacy game. He and a friend recently launched a movie review podcast called Schlock and Awe, where they review “the cinematic canon of the Global War on Terror.”

Evan starts at The Post today. Please join us in welcoming him.