Niha Masih named breaking news reporter for The Washington Post's Seoul hub


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

We are very happy to announce that Niha Masih will become a breaking news reporter at our hub in Seoul.

Niha is a reporter for The Post’s bureau in New Delhi, where her tenacity and eye for great stories have made her a key part of our India coverage. Her promotion to a staff role recognizes the skill and agility she has shown in reporting more broadly, including a recent standout run in Sri Lanka as protesters toppled the government.

Niha 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. Niha 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.

Niha joined The Post in 2019 and has partnered successfully with successive India bureau chiefs, first Joanna Slater and then Gerry Shih. She delivered vivid, heartwrenching coverage of the pandemic’s human toll in India during a devastating second wave in 2021, for which she and Joanna won a Publisher’s Award in 2020; she also wrote vividly about her family’s own struggles. She has reported courageously from India itself on the rise of challenges to democracy as well as from Kashmir and Sri Lanka. She has also delivered revealing first-rate reporting on disinformation and digital surveillance; she was part of newsroom teams that investigated the Pegasus Project and the Facebook Papers.

She began her career as a correspondent for New Delhi Television, helping to launch an award-winning news documentary show and reporting from Gaza, Egypt and Myanmar. She has also worked as a producer for Huffington Post, as a freelance journalist in New York and New Delhi, and as a national affairs writer for the Hindustan Times.

Niha is a graduate of Lady Shri Ram College, in New Delhi, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature; Jamia University, in New Delhi, with a master’s degree in convergent journalism; and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, with a master’s degree in politics and global affairs. She speaks native Hindi and Urdu and beginner-level Arabic and French.

Niha will start at the Seoul hub on Dec. 5.


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