Meet the New Bureau Chief

The Guardian profiled the BBC’s new Jerusalem bureau chief, Caroline Hawley:

The daughter of a senior diplomat, Hawley was born in Nigeria in 1967. She lived in Oman as a child and “romantic memories of camels in deserts and starry nights” inspired her to study Arabic and Islamic studies at Oxford University. She was special correspondent in Jerusalem for Newsweek magazine between 1991-94, after which she joined the BBC World Service, first as a planning editor for the Arabic Service, eventually becoming a reporter.

We’ll wait and see how her reporting unfolds. Her most recent posting was in Baghdad, but some readers might recall that she was in Amman’s Grand Hyatt Hotel when it was blown up by an Al-Qaida suicide bomber.