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Washington Post promotes Finn to senior editor for international investigations

May 25, 2022

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Peter Finn

The following excerpt was sent out from The Washington Post’s foreign editor Doug Jehl:

We are very happy to announce that Peter Finn will become senior editor for international investigations, a new leadership position aimed at elevating our ability to produce distinctive and consequential international journalism.

As the highly accomplished leader of The Post’s national security team since 2013, Peter is the ideal person to launch this new role. As part of Post teams, National Security staff members have won the Pulitzer Prize three times and twice were finalists in his time as editor.

In this role, Peter will oversee a new team of correspondents based primarily outside the United States, with a focus on original, ambitious and penetrating journalism on major coverage areas of global significance.

As senior editor for international investigations, Peter will be part of Foreign, working alongside a visual enterprise editor and in partnership with regional editors who retain primary responsibility for different parts of the world. Beyond Foreign, Peter will work particularly closely with the Visual Forensics team and will coordinate closely with other newsroom teams, including National Security, Investigations and Technology to create the cross-departmental reporting partnerships that are often required to produce the best possible investigative work.

Before becoming national security editor, Peter was The Post’s bureau chief in Warsaw, Berlin and Moscow. He pioneered a new counterterrorism beat after the 9/11 attacks and reported from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, delivering a long line of exclusive reports.

He was also twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist for international reporting as part of Post teams for coverage of the war in Kosovo and coverage of the war in Afghanistan.

Peter is also the co-author and author of two books, “The Zhivago Affair” and “A Guest of the Reich,” and is the editor of three additional books, two of them Post projects: “The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy” by Greg Miller; and “The Mueller Report.” A third book, “Herbert Corey’s Great War: A Memoir of World War I by the American Reporter Who Saw It All,” which he co-edited, is forthcoming next month.

Peter will begin to transition into his new role in the weeks ahead but will remain national security editor until a plan to succeed him is in place.



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