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The Washington Post has announced that local enterprise reporter, Steve Hendrix has been named as the paper’s new Jerusalem Bureau Chief.

Washington Post’s Foreign Editor, Douglas Jehl made the announcement, alongside deputy foreign editor Eva Rodriguez, and Middle East Editor Alan Sipress.

Jehl said; “Steve is among The Post’s most gifted writers, with a talent for spotting stories that others miss and telling them in the most riveting ways. He has demonstrated his versatility not just on Local but also by parachuting into big Foreign stories, as he did from the Middle East on three different trips during the Arab Spring, including a stint in Libya after the Benghazi uprising.

“He reported about mass migration from Austria and Hungary in 2015, and travelled to Thailand last fall to partner with Shibani Mahtani on an extraordinary narrative reconstructing the ordeal faced by a boys’ soccer team trapped in a Thai cave.”

Steve began his career as a magazine freelancer, and his international reporting has included tales about illegal animal trade in Nicaragua, crocodile breeding in Cuba and the mysterious wild ox that is Cambodia’s national animal — as well as stories about tailoring in Hong Kong and birth control clinics in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert.

Steve grew up in Georgia, graduated from the University of Georgia and joined The Post in 2000 as a staff writer in the Travel section.

Alan Sipress added; From Jerusalem, Steve will oversee our coverage of Israel and the Palestinian territories as well as neighbouring Jordan.

“He will lead a team that includes Ruth Eglash, our Jerusalem reporter, whose Hebrew-language skills, deep knowledge and insightful reporting have made her a key asset to The Post since she joined our team in 2013; Hazem Balousha, our extremely talented reporter in Gaza; and Sufian Taha, who has played a vital role in covering the West Bank.”

Steve will start work in the Jerusalem Bureau in early September, in time for Israel’s elections, currently scheduled to take place on September 17th; his wife Ann, an international-development expert, and their three children will join him in early 2020.