Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl and Deputy Foreign Editor Mary Beth Sheridan:
We are thrilled to announce that Tamer El-Ghobashy of The Wall Street Journal will become our next Baghdad bureau chief.
Iraq is already familiar ground for Tamer, who has distinguished himself with versatility, speed and digital experimentation as a Middle East correspondent for the Journal since 2011. In covering the Arab Spring and its aftermath, Tamer has ranged widely, delivering impressive work from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia through years of upheaval and then, in his current assignment, leading the Journal’s coverage from Mosul as Iraqi forces have sought to wrest back territory from the Islamic State. His command of the region includes impressive Arabic language skills, a big presence on social media, and a reputation for collegiality and teamwork. Tamer has broken many important stories, including the eye-opening revelation of a secret scheme in which France has enlisted Iraqi forces as proxies to kill French nationals within Islamic State ranks.
Tamer was born in London but grew up in New York City and graduated from N.Y.U. He began his career at The New York Daily News, where he covered cops, crime, fire and all manner of local and national issues before moving on to the Journal’s New York staff, where he covered criminal justice. Tamer starts work in the newsroom on July 17 and will take up duties in Iraq in August.