Azi Paybarah joins The Washington Post as National politics breaking news reporter

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Announcement from National Editor Matea Gold, Deputy National Editor Philip Rucker, Senior Politics Editor Dan Eggen and Breaking News Editor Donna Cassata:

We are delighted to announce that Azi Paybarah is joining The Washington Post as a reporter on the National politics breaking news team.

Azi brings a wealth of experience covering politics and breaking news. Since 2018, he has worked for the New York Times, most recently as a reporter on the Politics desk. He has written about the record of candidates backed by former president Donald Trump in this year’s midterms, Republicans’ gun-centric ads, the effort by 9/11 families to challenge Trump over his Saudi-backed golf tournament and Rudy Giuliani’s false claims about the 2020 election.

Before joining the Times, Azi co-founded the FAQ NYC podcast and covered New York politics for Politico New York, the New York Observer, and WNYC Public Radio. He was born in New York City and graduated from the State University of New York at Albany. Azi, who got married in a comic-bookstore, enjoys graphic novels, bad puns and watching improv shows.

Azi, who starts on Aug. 22, will be relocating to Washington this fall, followed by his wife, Stephanie, and their dog, Porsche. Please join us in welcoming him.

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