An interview with Washington Post editor Alan Sipress

In an interview with Pine Tree Watch, Washington Post Middle East Editor Alan Sipress discusses ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, how he keeps his correspondents safe and the Post’s response to Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

Alan Sipress spends his days at The Washington Post examining the politics of the Middle East, but when he looks closer to home, he sees the future of American democracy tied to the fate of local news.

Newspaper closures and consolidations across the country are a threat because the powerful stand to gain more power when there are fewer reporters watching, said Sipress during a free event on the future of journalism hosted by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting and Pine Tree Watch at Rising Tide Brewery in Portland last Thursday.

Sipress has worked as a reporter and editor with The Washington Post for the past 20 years and took over as the Middle East editor in January 2018, less than 10 months before contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018. CIA officials have since reported that the assassination was ordered by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

In the video below, Sipress and Pine Tree Watch reporter Samantha Hogan discuss ongoing and emerging conflicts in the Middle East, how he keeps his correspondents safe and the importance of continuing to report stories in the region.



Samantha Hogan

Samantha Hogan focuses on government accountability projects for The Maine Monitor. She joined the newsroom as its first full-time reporter in 2019 with Report for America. Samantha was named the 2021 Maine’s Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association, and spent 2020 reporting on Maine’s court system through the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. Her reporting on county jails recording and listening to attorney-client phone calls won the Silver Gavel award from the American Bar Association and was also a semi-finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2023. Samantha previously worked for The Frederick News-Post and interned twice for The Washington Post.
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