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Douglas Jehl

Douglas Jehl

Foreign Editor, The Washington Post, USA

Douglas Jehl is foreign editor of The Washington Post, overseeing all news coverage outside the United States. He directs a distinguished staff that includes 17 correspondents in 15 foreign bureaus. Until August 2009, Mr. Jehl was deputy Washington bureau chief of The New York Times, overseeing coverage of national security matters. He led members of a team from The Times that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 2009 for coverage of the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Before becoming an editor, Mr. Jehl spent 19 years as a reporter, filing stories from more than 40 countries. As a Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, he covered two presidential campaigns; the environment; the war on drugs; and the White House. He also covered the conflict in Panama in 1989 and the Persian Gulf war of 1991, for which he was awarded the Gerald R. Ford prize for Distinguished Reporting on Military Affairs in 1992.

At The New York Times, beginning in 1993, Mr. Jehl served as White House correspondent; as Middle East bureau chief, based in Cairo; as national environmental correspondent; and then as a national security correspondent, specializing in intelligence matters. In 2002, Mr. Jehl was among a team from The Times that won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism, for his reporting from Saudi Arabia during the months after the Sept. 11 attacks, focusing on Al Qaeda and its roots.

Mr. Jehl graduated in 1984 from Stanford University and in 1987 from Oxford University, where he earned a master's degree in international relations and was a Rhodes Scholar. He was co-editor of "Whose Water is It? The Insatiable Thirst of a Water-Hungry World,'' published by National Geographic Books in 2003.

Douglas D. Jehl born in New Jersey, USA on 28 April 1962. He and his wife, Lisa Truitt, live in Bethesda, Md. with their two children.

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