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Christian Caryl Named Head of RFE Washington Bureau

Christian Caryl, RFE Chief Editor, Washington, D.C. Bureau
Christian Caryl, RFE Chief Editor, Washington, D.C. Bureau
(PRAGUE/WASHINGTON) Distinguished journalist Christian Caryl will lead RFE's efforts to step up news coverage from the nation's capital as he assumes the role of Chief Editor of RFE's Washington, D.C. bureau. Caryl is a regular contributor to Foreign Policy and the New York Review of Books and is a Senior Fellow at MIT's Center for International Studies. He is also a former Contributing Editor at Newsweek.

"Since much of what happens in Washington directly impacts the 21 countries in which RFE broadcasts, we are adding resources to the bureau," says RFE President Jeffrey Gedmin. "We are lucky to have Caryl there leading our team of reporters - his deep and extensive knowledge of the world is a tremendous asset."

Over the years, Caryl has reported from 40 countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Russia, Germany, and Japan.

"At a time when many news organizations are cutting back on their international coverage, I'm thrilled to have the chance to continue reporting on countries that are generating the biggest headlines," he says. "I'm also very excited to be working with an experienced team of reporters who know these stories better than anyone else."

Caryl served as Moscow Bureau Chief for Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report and spent more than a dozen years as a freelance journalist in Europe. His 2003 Newsweek cover story on the misuse of government funds in the Iraq War ("The $87 Billion Money Pit") earned his reporting team a National Magazine Award.

Caryl is a graduate of Yale College and attended post-graduate courses at the University of Constance in Germany. He speaks Russian and German.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is an independent, international news and broadcast organization whose programs - radio, Internet and television - reach influential audiences in 21 countries such as Russia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. RFE/RL is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).