Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl and Deputy Foreign Editor Mary Beth Sheridan:
We’re thrilled to announce that Shibani Mahtani of the Wall Street Journal will become our new Southeast Asia correspondent, based in Hong Kong.
This is a new bureau for The Post, but it is a region that Shibani already knows well. She covered Southeast Asia for the Journal from 2011 to 2016, first from a base in Singapore and then from Burma for three years surrounding the landmark 2015 elections that ended nearly 50 years of military rule. She has also reported from the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
For the past 18 months, Shibani has covered the U.S. criminal justice system and the Midwest more broadly at the Journal’s Chicago bureau.
Shibani grew up in Singapore and graduated from the London School of Economics and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She speaks Malay.
From her new base in Hong Kong, Shibani will be responsible for a vast swath of territory that extends from the Philippines to Burma. She will also be ideally positioned to help keep watch on China and its widening clout in the region. Shibani will begin work in the newsroom on May 21 before moving to Asia in mid-June.
The opening of the bureau in Hong Kong is a part of an expansion in foreign coverage by The Post, which in 2018 has also created a new bureau in Rome and added a second correspondent to its team in Mexico City. By summer, when these journalists take up their posts, The Post will have 28 foreign correspondents in 20 locations outside the United States.