We hear that the WP is having a hard time getting someone to take on Baghdad Bureau Chief. They've offered, we understand, to Evan Osnos of the Chicago Tribune and their own Anthony Shadid, who is already there as a reporter. Is it too dangerous? Is the Post (where, let's face it, morale is not high)? Maybe Rich Leiby has finally tired of covering famous-for-DC parties and the National Park Service and called "dibs" for as soon as he can wrangle out of Reliable Source. In any case, the memo seeking more (any?) applicants is after the jump. Only those who don't find the idea terrifying need apply.
We're putting out a second call for a Baghdad Bureau Chief.
This is a demanding but rewarding position, dangerous but doable. The person we are looking for will become our lead news writer in Baghdad and the chief administrator of our bureau there. She or he will work with Anthony Shadid and other Post correspondents cycling through Iraq. The main responsibilities of the bureau chief will be to coordinate daily coverage, anchor our ledealls, and manage our local staff and security in coordination with the Foreign Desk and our local security consultants. The bureau chief will live with other correspondents at our house in the protected Hamra Hotel complex, working for stretches of several weeks followed by breaks outside Iraq. We are looking for a commitment of at least one year.
This is a tough and complicated assignment. Window shopping is encouraged. Anyone curious to learn more about our operations in Iraq should contact XXXXXXXXXX.