Rebecca Tan


Southeast Asia bureau chief

Education: University of Pennsylvania, BA

Rebecca Tan is the Southeast Asia Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. She was previously a reporter on the Local desk, covering government in D.C. and Maryland. She was part of the team that won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in public service for coverage of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Prior to the Post, she wrote for
Latest from Rebecca Tan

Indonesia is clearing vast peatlands to grow food. Climate costs are dire.

Indonesia is clearing thousands of acres of carbon-dense peatland for agriculture, risking the massive release of greenhouse gases.

January 19, 2024

    Indonesia risks releasing massive amounts of carbon

    Southeast Asia bureau chief Rebecca Tan traveled to Indonesia as the country clears peatland for farming, risking the massive release of greenhouse gases.

    January 18, 2024

    Who are the hostages released by Hamas so far? Here is the latest list.

    Hostages released by Hamas include relatives from a kibbutz, 23 Thai nationals and an American Israeli 4-year-old.

    December 4, 2023

    Henry Kissinger’s central role in the U.S. carpet bombing of Cambodia

    From 1969 to 1973, Kissinger directed the carpet bombing of Cambodia that would later draw accusations that he was a “war criminal.”

    November 30, 2023

    World reacts to Henry Kissinger’s death and legacy in wars

    The geopolitical strategist shaped world affairs under two U.S. presidents and beyond. Critics hold Kissinger responsible for U.S. involvement in foreign wars.

    November 30, 2023

    After weeks of prayer, a Thai mother sees her son freed by Hamas

    Buasri Jirachart’s son Manee Jirachart was among 17 Thai hostages released this weekend. “It was like a mountain was lifted off my chest,” she said.

    November 27, 2023

    10 Thai nationals, 1 Filipino released from Gaza, officials say

    The hostages were released Friday during a pause in fighting between Hamas and Israel; 13 Israeli hostages also were released.

    November 24, 2023

      Myanmar refugees hide from airstrikes in Thailand

      The Post's Southeast Asia bureau chief Rebecca Tan traveled to northern Thailand in October, where she got a rare look inside a camp for Myanmar refugees.

      November 24, 2023

      In the jungle with Myanmar’s oldest rebel group amid new threat to junta

      While much attention has focused on insurgents led by exiled pro-democracy figures, it is increasingly ethnic rebel groups like the KNU that are defining the conflict.

      November 24, 2023

      Myanmar rebels claim major offensive, which analysts say threatens junta

      Security analysts believe the campaign is the biggest threat to the military’s grip over Myanmar since ousting a civilian government in a 2021 coup.

      November 9, 2023