Top News Writer Simon Denyer Leaving the Washington Post

Simon Denyer has been at the Washington Post for more than a decade and will be leaving to take on a role with the New York Times. Simon is well-known for his work in Asia, most recently reporting from North Korea, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Simon’s departure was announced by Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron who said that Simon had “proven himself as one of our country’s most talented journalists.”

Simon Denyer will be replaced by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, a Post reporter specializing in coverage of politics and the federal government who will move from The Post’s headquarters to Hong Kong. Lee is well-known for her role as a fact-checker at the U.S. political news website The Fix, where she collates claims made by political figures and checks them against publicly available data.

Simon came to The Post from the UK, where he had begun his career with Reuters, covering South Africa and Rwanda. He moved to Hong Kong in 2000 as bureau chief of the Far Eastern Economic Review, later becoming its Asia editor.

After leaving Hong Kong, Simon joined The Post in 2003, covering the start of the war in Iraq, before moving to Tokyo in 2006 as that bureau’s Asia correspondent. He has also worked extensively on China, reporting from Tibet during the 2008 uprising against Chinese rule and from Beijing for four years until 2012 when he became bureau chief in South Asia.

Simon Denyer won the Pulitzer Prize, for reporting at Washington Pos. He won the 2015 Asia Society Osborn Elliot prize for excellence in journalism on Asia, social media category; the George Polk award in 2010 for his story about China’s censorship of search terms related to the June 4 Tiananmen crackdown; and the South African TUC ’s global media award in 2001 for his coverage of South Africa.

Simon will be moving to New York to take up a role at the New York Times. Simon said that he was “looking forward to joining an institution that has always defined the highest standards of journalism”.

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