From an internal Washington Post memo, obtained by FishbowlDC:
We are pleased to announce that Candace Rondeaux will be our new correspondent in Afghanistan and Pakistan, succeeding Griff Witte, who’s off to Jerusalem.
Candace brought great energy and hustle covering crime and justice on Metro, first in Loudoun and most recently in Prince Georges. Among her many accomplishments was a string of stories about the investigation into a high-profile shooting involving Prince George’s County homeland security official Keith A. Washington. We are excited that Candace will apply her relentless reporting and stamina to the equally relentless demands of events in South Asia.
Candace came to the Post in March 2006 from The St. Petersburg Times where she covered (in her words) “the sponge capital of the world, the Terry Schiavo case, Hurricane Katrina, forensic DNA developments, police corruption,Tampa courts” and wrote a series of articles about a wrongful rape conviction in Florida.
A native of Chicago she earned a B. A. in Russian Area Studies from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York in 1996, and spent her final year of college in Russia where she studied literature at St. Petersburg State University. She worked in book publishing for four years before earning an M.A in journalism at New York University, where she was a New York Observer Fellow and worked as intern on the Metro and Investigative team of the New York Daily News during the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 and the aftermath. She graduated with honors from NYU in 2002. In 2004, she traveled to the former Soviet republics of Georgia and Azerbaijan to report on a 3,600 mile long oil pipeline after she was selected for an International Reporting Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Candace will be rushing to Pakistan soon to cover the upcoming elections and we hope will make her permanent move to the region this spring.