The Independent has appointed Borzou Daragahi in the new role of international correspondent to bolster the title’s â€œambitious expansionâ€� of overseas staff under editor Christian Broughton.
Broughton isÂ working to rebuild the Independentâ€™s international team after the title turned digital-only in 2016, and has described it as a â€œdream projectâ€�.Â He hired former Times reporter Bel Trew as Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem, in July this year.
Daragahi has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist three times for his coverage of Iraq and Iran in 2005, 2007 and 2010, twice with the Los Angeles Times and once with New Jersey’s The Star-Ledger.
He has also previously worked forÂ the Financial Times,Â Buzzfeed News, and Associated Press and isÂ aÂ senior, non-resident fellow at Washington think tank the Snowcroft Centre for Strategy at the Atlantic Council.
Daragahi will be based in Istanbul, reporting throughout the region and beyond.
Broughton said: â€œTurkey is in the midst of a fascinating period in its history and geographically it finds itself at the centre of many key world events. To have a proven, full-time reporter of Borzouâ€™s expertise based in Istanbul couldnâ€™t be better.â€�
After a period of â€œsignificant expansionâ€� in the UK and overseas, the Independent now has staff reporters based in Moscow, Brussels, Beirut, Istanbul, Delhi and in locations across the US, where the titleâ€™s readership is now equal to its UK audience.
Said Broughton: â€œI am extremely pleased to welcome a journalist of Borzouâ€™s experience and calibre to the team.
â€œThe Independent has been famous for its top-class coverage of the biggest global stories since it was established in 1986. Ensuring that continues through the work of journalists like Borzou is vital to our future.
â€œThe prospect of Borzou joining the outstanding foreign reporting talents already at The Independent, including Bel,Â Robert Fisk, Patrick Cockburn, Oliver Carroll, and Kim Sengupta is truly exciting, both for the journalists here and I hope for our readers.â€�
Source: Digital Journalism