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NPR ‘Moving Deck Chairs’ of Bureaus in Asian and Middle East

An internal memo from Loren Jenkins, supervising senior editor of NPR’s foreign desk: The Foreign desk is getting ready to move the deck chairs around its global deck, particularly in Asia and the Middle East. The shifts of personnel and bureaus will take place over the course of the summer, staggered so that we can still keep a flow of news pieces and two ways as people move around. In China, Shanghai correspondent Louisa Lim will be moving to Beijing and replaced in Shanghai by Rob Gifford, a former Beijing correspondent, who will return to China after four years in London. In Southeast Asia, Anthony Kuhn will be leaving Beijing to open a new Southeast Asia bureau, in Jakarta, Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation. The Jakarta bureau will replace our current Southeast Asia operation in Hanoi. Michael Sullivan, who has been roving across Southeast Asia for the past four years from his base in Hanoi, will be moving to New Delhi, to replace Phil Reeves who, now having traveled the length of the Grand Trunk Road from Kolkata to Lahore, is going to be the new London bureau chief starting Sept. 1. In the Middle East, Quil Lawrence winds up his 18 months tour in Baghdad and will move to Kabul July 1, replacing Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, who after four grueling and award-winning years in Afghanistan, is seeking a well-deserved change by moving to take over the Cairo bureau… Current Cairo correspondent Peter Kenyon will be taking on two new beats, the Iran crisis and Gulf oil business watch and will divide his time between Istanbul and Dubai. Wish them all well in their new and challenging assignments. Regards, Loren Jenkins

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