Washington Post hires Torbati as econ policy investigations reporter

We are delighted to announce that Yeganeh Torbati is joining The Washington Post as economic policy investigations reporter. She will play a central role on the economics team scrutinizing the tax, budget, trade and regulatory decisions made by Washington’s power brokers.

Yeganeh comes to us from ProPublica, where she covered government agencies and the scramble for medical equipment during the coronavirus. She wrote a series of illuminating investigative stories, revealing the role Vice President Pence’s office played in rerouting foreign aid to favored Christian groups and the Indian Health Service’s effort to return 1 million KN95 masks that didn’t meet health standards and were bought from a company run by a former White House official.

Before joining ProPublica, Yeganeh wrote for Reuters, where she covered immigration, national security and Iran. She co-wrote an award-winning series “Assets of the Ayatollah” about the $95 billion business empire controlled by Iran’s supreme leader.

Yeganeh has worked on teams that have won numerous prestigious awards, including the National Press Club’s Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence, the Gerald Loeb Award for explanatory journalism, the Overseas Press Club’s Malcolm Forbes Award, the SABEW Best in Business Award in the international investigative category and the Deadline Club’s Daniel Pearl Prize for Investigative Reporting.

She has covered a range of federal government agencies at Reuters and ProPublica, including the State Department, USAID, the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Yeganeh grew up in Oklahoma and is a graduate of Yale University, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and modern Middle East studies. She speaks Persian and Spanish. Please welcome her when she starts on Sept. 8.