Alan Sipress named editor of Foreign
Alan is one of the most accomplished editors in the newsroom, with a long track record of leading ambitious, high-impact work. He has served as Middle East editor since 2018, overseeing coverage from Morocco to Iran, including the Post’s revealing reporting on the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi officials, a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service finalist. . In Alan’s full four years in this role, the coverage he oversaw has been recognized by the Overseas Press Club with four awards or citations.
More recently, Alan has also taken on wider responsibilities, editing key aspects of The Post’s international reporting on a wealth of material known as the Pandora Papers in partnership with the International Consortium for Investigative Journalism. Over the past three months, he has also led The Post’s coverage of Russia, including investigative work by Greg Miller and Catherine Belton; military coverage by Liz Sly; and the tenacious efforts of Robyn Dixon, Mary Ilyushina and others to report on Russia from outside that country’s borders.
Alan’s deep experience as a correspondent and editor leaves him ideally equipped to handle wide and varied lines of coverage. A gifted editor, he spent a decade in key finance and national desk positions, beginning with the 2008 financial crisis and continuing through 2017, when he coordinated National’s daily coverage for the 11 first months in office of President Donald Trump. Alan was a diplomatic correspondent for The Post in 2001 and 2002; he is also a former foreign correspondent with assignments in Cairo (for the Philadelphia Inquirer, in the 1990s) and Jakarta (for The Post, with Ellen Nakashima, from 2002 to 2006).
He is the author of the highly prescient ‘Fatal Strain’, a 2010 book that tracked the spread of the bird flu virus and warned of a coming pandemic.
Alan is a graduate of Princeton University and completed a postgraduate year at the Delhi School of Economics in India. He began his journalism career as a freelance writer at $25 a story for his hometown newspaper, the Daily Register in Red Bank, NJ. He joined The Inquirer in 1987 and The Post in 1998. He will take responsibility for Southeast Asia. , South Asia and Africa in July as other publishers take over its current portfolio.