The ABC has confirmed highly regarded journalist Zoe Daniel has been appointed the role of Washington bureau chief.
It’s a period of transistion at ABC News with Tokyo correspondent Matthew Carney, taking up the position of Beijing bureau chief in the New Year, taking over from Stephen McDonell who will be finishing his posting in China. More announcements regarding bureau appointments are expected soon.
Zoe has previously been an ABC correspondent in South Africa and Bangkok. In Africa she travelled undercover into Zimbabwe to report on the repressive regime of Robert Mugabe. She also covered post war Sierra Leone, conflict in Darfur and Southern Sudan, and gained access to Jacob Zuma to film a profile with him before he became president.
She covered the political crisis in Thailand as it erupted and reported on Burma’s tentative steps towards democracy. In Burma she filed on the growing difficulties facing the Rohingya people well before their plight became the centre of a regional refugee crisis.
In 2013 she reported from a devastated Tacloban city after the Philippines was smashed by Typhoon Hainan.
Zoe will take up her new role at the end of the year.