National security reporter covering diplomacy and the State Department
Education: Yale University, BA in History; Deep Springs College
Michael Birnbaum is a a national security reporter for The Washington Post, covering the State Department and diplomacy. He previously served in Europe for more than a decade as the The Post’s bureau chief in Brussels, Moscow and Berlin. He has reported for The Post from more than 40 countries, covering the conflict in Ukraine, the Egyptian revolution, the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and the Arab Spring elsewhere in the Middle East. He also covered climate and security from Washington. Birnbaum has a degree in German history from Yale University. He grew up in Chicago.