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NPR Names Dobson Head of International Desk

Will take over position on Feb. 29

National Public Radio has announced that it has hired Will Dobson for the position of senior supervising editor of the International desk.

Dobson joins NPR from Slate, where he served as the Washington Bureau chief since Dec. 2014. In the past he has also served as a daily contributor to the Washington Post, as a managing editor of Foreign Policy, and as a senior editor of Newsweek International. He also wrote a book, “The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy.”

“Will brings heft to our thinking about international coverage, serious digital chops, and a proven track record of thoughtful, serious journalism,” said Edith Chapin, NPR’s executive editor in a letter to NPR’s staff.

Dobson will assume his new role on Feb. 29.