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).

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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