Announcement from National Editors Cameron Barr, Editor Rachel Van Dongen, and Deputy National Editor Scott Wilson:

We are thrilled to announce that Karoun Demirjian will be joining The Washington Post on a permanent basis as part of a new project on power in Washington. She will cover defense and foreign policy from the Capitol Hill perspective.

Demirjian is currently a contract reporter in The Post’s Moscow bureau, where over the last year she covered the conflict in Ukraine, economic and sanctions crises in Russia, and social awakenings and labor migrations across the region.

Before her time in Russia, Karoun worked as the Washington correspondent for the Las Vegas Sun, covering the White House, federal agencies and courts, and Congress — with a particular focus on then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Nevada delegation — through two election cycles. Her articles either won or came in as runner-up for the Washington Press Club Foundation’s David Lynch Memorial Regional Reporting Award for best coverage of Congress three years running. Karoun has also reported for the Associated Press in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza; for Congressional Quarterly covering immigration, homeland security and labor; and for the Chicago Tribune, working out of Chicago and Washington.

She got her start in journalism as an intern at NPR’s All Things Considered, and holds a bachelor’s in history from Harvard and a master’s in International Law from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Karoun grew up just outside Boston, and muzzles her hometown pride about as little as most people from the area do. Before moving to Russia, Karoun moonlighted as a professional classical soprano, and since pianos are too awkward to put in a suitcase, while she was in Russia she taught herself to play the guitar.

Please welcome her when she returns to the newsroom July 6.