WaPo Reporter Joins CNN As Commentator
WaPo’s Jason Rezaian is joining CNN as a Global Affairs Analyst. The Iranian American journalist served as Tehran Bureau Chief for WaPo. He reported on two presidential elections, Iran’s nuclear negotiations with global powers, the effects of one of the most punitive sanctions regimes in modern times, and environmental issues. He was convicted of espionage in a closed-door trial in Iran in 2015. He spent 544 days imprisoned by Iranian authorities until his release in January 2016. He was released on the same day the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was implemented. The California native has been with the paper since 2012. Before joining the Post, Rezaian was a freelance journalist based in Tehran, reporting since 2008 for publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, GlobalPost, Slate, and Monocle. Announcing the news on Twitter, the New School University graduate said, “The opportunity to weigh in on important news and issues for both the @washingtonpost and @cnn during these times is one that I could have hardly imagined not too long ago.” More about him here.