Jennifer Amur named deputy foreign editor of the Washington Post

Press release | The Washington Post

Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl:

I am delighted to announce that Jennifer Amur will become the next Associate Foreign Editor, directing most of the daily coverage and overseeing our six regional editors and a news/newsletter team in Washington. In total, The Post’s international staff includes more than 60 journalists and editors, most of them deployed to our 25 offices around the world and staffing our thriving news centers in London and Seoul. .

With a combination of deep digital skills and success in driving ambitious coverage, Jenn brings a wide range of skills and experience that have already made her an effective newsroom leader. In the past year alone, she has been the senior editor overseeing our coverage of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan while leading the collaboration that produced the project “Africa’s Rising Cities”, an award-winning model of integrated storytelling. which blended graphics, photography, video and on-the-ground text reports from megacities that will define Africa’s future.

Jenn is also both highly organized and empathetic, a rare combination that has made her invaluable in creating better workflows on the foreign desk while also being a good listener that helps remote correspondents manage risk and shape the coverage of some of the toughest places in the world. . His current portfolio includes South Asia and Africa, overseeing our correspondents in Delhi, Kabul/Islamabad, Nairobi and Dakar, as well as our conflict zone correspondent based in Europe.

Jenn joined The Post in 2014, first as a homepage editor and later overseeing The Post’s newsletters and alerts. She moved to Foreign in 2016 as a digital editor, a now-retired role in which she successfully coached more text-focused assignment editors to recognize they could (and should) also be “digital publishers”. Since becoming editor herself in 2017, she has filled an at times divided press room to demonstrate that a path to success as a coverage leader doesn’t need to follow traditional patterns. from journalist to editor.

Jenn started her career as an editor at Hurriyet Daily News, an English-language newspaper in Istanbul. She moved to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where she worked as a producer and designer of digital projects. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Journalism.

Jenn and her husband, Aras, live on Capitol Hill; they are expecting their first child later this month. Jenn will take up her new role in October when she returns from parental leave.