Leila Fadel leaves Washington Post for NPR

Leila Fadel

Washington Post Cairo correspondent Leila Fadel has resigned to join NPR. “She has left a distinctive mark on our Middle East coverage over the last two-and-half years, first as bureau chief in Iraq and then in Egypt, where her coverage extended to Tunisia, Libya, Syria and Lebanon at the height of the Arab Spring,” says the Post memo announcing her departure.

Read the memo and NPR’s release after the jump.

Date: Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Subject: Job Posting: Cairo correspondent
To: NEWS – All Newsroom

We’re seeking a new Cairo correspondent, a critical post at the center of a rapidly changing Arab world.

The new correspondent will succeed Leila Fadel, who is leaving the Post in June to join NPR. We wish Leila well; she brings passion, dedication and courage to everything she does, and she has left a distinctive mark on our Middle East coverage over the last two-and-half years, first as bureau chief in Iraq and then in Egypt, where her coverage extended to Tunisia, Libya, Syria and Lebanon at the height of the Arab Spring.

We had initially planned for a handover in Cairo next January; with Leila’s departure, we’re accelerating our search for her successor. We’d like to hear as soon as possible from versatile, high-energy candidates who are committed to doing ambitious, competitive work. Any candidate should bring a proven record of success in daily journalism, having demonstrated an ability to report deeply, to write clearly and quickly about complicated subjects, and to frame work in a way that allows stories to resonate with readers thousands of miles away.

The Cairo correspondent will be principally responsible for North Africa, including Egypt, Libya and Tunisia — countries where old regimes have fallen but the struggle for the future is still underway. But this is
a time of historic transformation across the Middle East, and the Cairo correspondent may also be drafted to fill in or help out elsewhere in the region, including in Iraq, the Persian Gulf and in other countries that are the primary responsibilities of our correspondents in Beirut and Jerusalem.

Any candidate should have experience in reporting and writing from overseas. A strong candidate would bring some familiarity with the Arab world and some knowledge of Arabic, but these are not required. Our search
will focus first on candidates already on the Post staff. We hope to have a permanent successor in place within the next several months. Those interested in the job should contact Douglas Jehl, Griff Witte, Peter Perl or Shirley Carswell no later than Monday, June 11.

1 June 2012


NPR press release



June 1, 2012; Washington, D.C. – NPR News has announced several new correspondent hires and appointments for its Foreign Desk. The moves deepen NPR’s robust international news reporting, under the new leadership of Senior Foreign Editor Edith Chapin and with correspondents based in 17 bureaus around the world, and a team of editors and reporters in Washington.

Leila Fadel, currently the Washington Post bureau chief in Cairo, will join NPR in July. Fadel is a known voice from North Africa, and in the past year, has covered the wave of revolts and their aftermaths in Syria, Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. She covered the Iraq War for nearly five years, receiving a George Polk award in 2007 for her reporting from Baghdad. Fadel will begin her career in Cairo, while correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi-Nelson fills in temporarily in Kabul and then Berlin over the next year.

Joining NPR as its East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi is Gregory Warner. He will begin in Nairobi in December; in the interim, Austin-based correspondent John Burnett will take an extended assignment in Africa. Warner is a senior reporter for Marketplace from American Public Media, where he currently covers the economics and business of health care. He previously reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Congo.

NPR’s Corey Flintoff will become the new Moscow correspondent, starting in July. In recent years, Flintoff has covered the revolutions in Egypt and Libya, the war in Afghanistan, and before that, the Iraq War. He’s most recently been a correspondent for Digital News.

NPR has long been dedicated to foreign news coverage that steps outside the U.S. perspective to bring listeners dynamic stories of the world’s people, politics, economy and cultures. In the past decade, NPR bucked trends by dramatically expanding its foreign coverage; this work is consistently recognized for broadcast excellence and has received every major award in journalism. Most recently, its extensive presence in the Middle East and North Africa – with permanent bureaus in Islamabad, Istanbul, Kabul, Beirut, Cairo and Jerusalem – has produced comprehensive coverage of the continued implications of the Arab Spring.