Kelsey Ables named Seoul hub breaking-news reporter for The Washington Post

The Washington Post Building at 1301 K St. NW in Washington DC, May 24, 2016. (John McDonnell / The Washington Post)
The Washington Post Building at 1301 K St. NW in Washington DC, May 24, 2016. (John McDonnell / The Washington Post)

Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl, Deputy Foreign Editor Jennifer Amur, Interim Deputy Foreign Editor Susan Levin and Seoul hub Editor Kendra Nichols:

We are very happy to announce that Kelsey Ables will become a breaking-news reporter at our hub in Seoul.

Kelsey is an editorial aide who covers weekend breaking news for Style and has contributed extensively to The Post’s arts coverage. She has also filled in as a breaking-news reporter for the Seoul team, working remotely from Washington and demonstrating a speed, nimbleness and collaborative spirit that helped earn her this bigger role.

In Seoul, Kelsey will be part of a rapidly expanding team that covers the most urgent and interesting stories that break anywhere in the world during the Asia day. The Seoul hub is part of a round-the-clock relay in which responsibilities are handed off from Seoul to London to Washington to deliver timely, quality coverage to our global audience 24 hours a day.

These breaking news hubs have become integral to The Post’s newsroom since their launch a year ago. Kelsey joins us as part of an expansion under which the Seoul and London operations will grow by 40 percent this year, to 14 full-time staffers in each location.

Kelsey joined The Post in 2019, and she has filed art criticism, reported features and essays for the Arts&Style, Weekend and Style sections. She has written memorably about covid long-haulers, Brutalist architecture and the “Accidental Renaissance” page on Reddit, where 800,000 armchair art historians discuss contemporary photographs that look like classical paintings. As a Princeton in Asia fellow, she worked in Sri Lanka for the Daily News, a national English language newspaper. She later worked for Artsy as an editorial intern, freelance writer and fact-checker.

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Kelsey is a graduate of Columbia University, with a BA in art history and psychology. She was a varsity swimmer, a staff writer at the Columbia Spectator and a devoted language learner who studied Mandarin Chinese. She also reads some Latin. She starts on Dec. 5.


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