Andrew Kramer Named New York Times Ukraine Bureau Chief

From the New York Times:

Even as the president of Ukraine insisted that Putin was bluffing, Andrew Kramer was on the ground getting ready for war.

He wrote about Ukrainians training for an insurgency. He wrote about a grocery dispute that sparked an artillery battle. He wrote about how the Russians would probably barrel through Chernobyl.

Then, when the war did happen, Andrew kept on writing, delivering scoops and powerful reportage, and offering his invaluable guidance to the talented team of journalists working closely alongside him.

That should make our announcement today not much of a surprise: Andrew Kramer is our very first Ukraine bureau chief.

There is no one better suited to lead The Times as we set up a bureau in Kyiv in order to keep covering a war that has upended life for millions of Ukrainians and reverberated far beyond the country’s borders. The conflict has left people around the globe at risk of starvation, and has scrambled alliances, undermined efforts to shift to clean energy and challenged an already fragile rules-based world order.

“In all the years we have worked together, I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I asked him a question about a story that he couldn’t answer — and usually, in an encyclopedic way that indicated he had already considered the matter and decided to handle it in a simpler and more effective fashion,” said Kyle Crichton, a veteran International desk editor.

Andrew’s career at The Times has prepared him for just this moment. He started here in 2005 as a correspondent for Business Day and later the International desk, and for years he was the primary reporter covering Ukraine from his perch in the Moscow bureau. In 2014, when fighting broke out in the east, he was an on-the-ground war correspondent.

He covered the Trump administration’s machinations in Ukraine, and Andrew was the dogged reporter who found entries in a ledger recording a secret $12 million payment to Paul Manafort, then the Trump campaign manager, from the political party of the president of Ukraine, Viktor F. Yanukovych. And yes, Andrew shared a Pulitzer Prize for The Times’s groundbreaking series on Russian meddling in world affairs, particularly the 2016 presidential campaign.

Before joining The Times, Andrew worked for The Associated Press, for The Washington Post as a researcher and news assistant, as a freelance reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and as a part-time reporter for The Ukiah Daily Journal in California.

Andrew’s coverage at The Times not only won him plaudits, but it also added some drama when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was taking a look at Russian spying. In 2017, as Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire stood to address the committee, she had a poster behind her that featured the lede from one of Andrew’s articles.

As usual, he did not pull any punches.

“More of the Kremlin’s opponents are ending up dead,” Andrew wrote.

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