Reis Thebault named West Coast correspondent for the Washington Post

Announcement from National Editor Matea Gold, Associate National Editor Phil Rucker and America Desk Editor Cathleen Decker:

We are thrilled to announce that Reis Thebault will be our new West Coast Correspondent, a role in which he will help lead our coverage of the biggest news events in the Western United States and pursue revealing stories about life in this dynamic region.

Reis picks up that key beat after 3½ years on the General Assignment Team, where he tallied more than 700 signatures, covering everything from natural disasters and mass casualty events to UFOs and the FBI’s Bigfoot files. He is known for his elegant prose, sharp story ideas, and collegial spirit.

As part of The Post’s early efforts to track the toll of covid-19, Reis covered the uneven impact of the virus and its spread in rural America. He traveled to Georgia to report on the 2020 election and he profiled a local reporter who witnessed history there. Last year, Reis served as The Post’s Brussels bureau chief for three months, covering the European Union and NATO. He reported on the inequality of vaccines in one of Europe’s poorest regions and the changing lifestyle of a small village in a Belgian “book town”.

Reis joined The Post in 2018 as a summer intern at the local office. Prior to joining the General Assignment team, he helped Jackie Alemany launch Power Up, a political morning newsletter now known as The Early 202.

Reis attended Miami University in Ohio and earned his master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied computer-based reporting and spent a year investigating the legacy of the segregation in Fresno, California. The project has been recognized with awards from the Society. professional journalists and the Online News Association.

Reis was born and raised in the Midwest, but has roots in California: he is the fourth generation of his family to live in the Los Angeles area. In LA, he will join his partner, an audio journalist who has lived in the city for more than a year. In their free time, they will cook and camp through the region’s mountains, deserts and beaches.

While Reis is thrilled to be back in the same time zone as the Golden State Warriors, he will miss the district’s public basketball courts, where he faced dear friend and colleague Michael Brice-Saddler in countless games in head-to-head over the past four years.

Please join us in congratulating Reis on his new role, which he will begin on September 19.

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