Keith Richburg

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Keith Richburg in 2007

Keith Richburg is an American journalist, a longtime foreign correspondent for The Washington Post.


Keith Richburg is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He attended the University Liggett School, the University of Michigan (BA, 1980) and the London School of Economics (MSc. 1985).

External video
Booknotes interview with Richburg on Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa, April 6, 1997, C-SPAN
Q&A interview with Richburg on his experiences as a foreign correspondent in Africa and China, February 24, 2013, C-SPAN

He served as a foreign correspondent for The Washington Post in Southeast Asia from 1986 until 1990; in Africa from 1991 through 1994; in Hong Kong from 1995 through 2000; and in Paris from 2000 until mid-2005. He was Foreign Editor of The Post, and was chief of the New York bureau of The Post from 2007 until 2010. He was a China correspondent for The Post based in Beijing and Shanghai from 2009 to 2012. He also covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, riding a horse partway across the Hindu Kush, a journey he chronicled in The Post's Style section.

He is the author of Out of America, which detailed his experiences as a correspondent in Africa, during which he witnessed the Rwandan Genocide, a civil war in Somalia, and a cholera epidemic in Democratic Republic of Congo. Richburg's book provoked controversy in the African American community [1] due to its perceived criticism of Africans.[2]

In Spring 2013, he served as a Resident Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics.[3]


  • Richburg, Keith (1997). Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa. ISBN 0-465-00187-4.


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