Rachel Pannett


Rachel Pannett writes about global news for The Washington Post.

Education: Massey University, BA in Social Anthropology and Journalism

She started as a journalist in her home country New Zealand, and has reported from around the world including Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Vietnam, East Timor and Papua New Guinea. She has covered wildfires and terrorist attacks, elections and political upheavals, and traced the journeys of Myanmar Rohingya refugees and Afghan migrants seeking a better life abroad. On a less-serious note, she has also written about beer-can boat races, Elvis impersonators in the Outback and Australia's 'Route 66'. She joined the Post's foreign desk in 2021 after more than a decade with
Latest from Rachel Pannett

Russia-Ukraine tensions high as Biden-Putin call fails to yield a breakthrough

U.S. officials have warned that Russia could invade Ukraine within days, likely starting with a barrage of air or missile strikes.

February 13, 2022

Launch of Russian military drills stokes fears of preparations for attack on Ukraine, as diplomatic sparring continues

Russia and Belarus say the Kremlin’s forces will withdraw after the training operation, but U.S. and European security officials are not convinced.

February 10, 2022

U.S. military prepares plans to help evacuating Americans once they cross into Poland should Russia attack Ukraine

Ukraine announced its own 10-day military drills starting Thursday — using unmanned aircraft and antitank missiles supplied by Kyiv’s Western partners.

February 9, 2022

    What is the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and why is Biden vowing to stop it if Russia invades Ukraine?

    Biden said Monday that a controversial European gas pipeline project connecting Russia and Germany would not go ahead if the Kremlin sends its forces into Ukraine, raising the stakes for Putin.

    February 8, 2022

    California joins growing numbers of states saying mask mandates will end in coming weeks

    Amid declining case counts, the governors of New Jersey and Delaware announced plans to drop mask requirements in schools.

    February 7, 2022

    Biden vows to stop Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Europe if Russia invades Ukraine

    Welcoming German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the White House for their first meeting, President Biden said the U.S. and Germany are "working in lockstep to further deter Russian aggression in Europe."

    February 7, 2022

    As U.S. predicts Russia could seize Kyiv in days, diplomatic efforts set to intensify this week

    The response comes after U.S. officials warned that a full-scale Russian invasion could leave as many as 50,000 civilians dead or injured.

    February 6, 2022

    Kremlin blasts U.S. for deploying troops to NATO’s eastern flank, even as Russia continues buildup around Ukraine

    As Russia continued its buildup around Ukraine, the Kremlin said it would be “absolutely justified” if it chooses to respond to the Pentagon’s deployment of an additional 3,000 U.S. troops to Poland, Romania and Germany.

    February 3, 2022

    Army says it will begin discharging unvaccinated soldiers

    In a statement, Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth described the action as necessary for Army readiness, adding that “unvaccinated soldiers present risk to the force.”

    February 2, 2022

    What to know about ‘Havana syndrome,’ the mysterious illness affecting U.S. officials around the world

    Symptoms linked to Havana syndrome have now affected about 200 U.S personnel in multiple countries.

    February 2, 2022