Missy Ryan named Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Post


Announcement from National Editor Matea Gold, Deputy National Editor Philip Rucker, National Security Editor Ben Pauker and Deputy National Security Editor Andrew deGrandpre:

We are thrilled to announce that Missy Ryan will become our next Pentagon correspondent, returning to a role in which, for more than a decade, she distinguished herself as one of the country’s most knowledgeable journalists specializing in national defense and U.S. foreign affairs.

Missy will focus on the military through scrutiny of the Biden administration’s foreign policy objectives and the United States’ changing place on the world stage. Her return to this beat follows her successful stretch covering the State Department, which yielded some of The Post’s most distinctive lines of accountability coverage around Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the disastrous U.S. exit from Afghanistan. She has reported from both countries and recently completed a second stint at our bureau in Kyiv. As a diplomatic correspondent, Missy has written with sophistication and authority on such topics as the administration’s struggle to exercise influence in the developing world, its failure to pressure the Taliban on women’s rights and the challenges the United States faces in producing weapons needed in Ukraine.

Before joining The Post in 2014, Missy was a Washington-based reporter for Reuters, covering military affairs and U.S. foreign policy with a special focus on the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan. She also worked as a foreign correspondent with Reuters in the Middle East and Latin America.

Missy, who speaks Spanish and Arabic, earned a bachelor's in English literature from Georgetown University and a master's in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School. She also took part in the prestigious White House Fellows program. She grew up in Maryland and lives in Washington with her daughter, Fiona.

Please join us in congratulating Missy, who will move into her new role soon.


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