Brian Murphy

Washington, D.C.


Education: Boston College, BA in Communications and Classics

Brian Murphy joined The Washington Post after more than 20 years as a foreign correspondent and bureau chief for the Associated Press in Europe and the Middle East. Murphy has reported from more than 50 countries and has written four books.
Latest from Brian Murphy

Mary Weiss, style-setting lead singer of the Shangri-Las, dies at 75

Ms. Weiss and the Shangri-Las brought a more street-smart twist with songs such as “Leader of the Pack.”

January 20, 2024

Zvi Zamir, Israeli spy chief amid war and tragedy, dies at 98

Mr. Zamir directed Mossad operations against Palestinian militants after 11 Israeli Olympic team members were killed at the 1972 Games in Munich.

January 19, 2024

Michael Berman, political strategist who revealed private struggles, dies at 84

An eclectic Washington insider whose career included senior White House aide, lobbying firm founder and a book about his battles with his weight

January 18, 2024

Lev Rubinstein, Russian poet who drew power from simplicity, dies at 76

An activist since the Soviet era, Mr. Rubinstein has voiced support for jailed dissident Alexei Navalny, criticized Russia’s war in Ukraine and urged “hope.”

January 15, 2024

Tom Shales, Pulitzer-winning TV critic of fine-tuned wit, dies at 79

He spent nearly 40 years writing for The Washington Post and was known for his incisive and barbed commentary.

January 13, 2024

Mike Sadler, desert navigator who guided WWII commandos, dies at 103

The stars, sun and surveyor’s instruments were his only tools to lead British special forces through the North African desert during World War II.

January 5, 2024

Peter Magubane, photojournalist who peered deep into apartheid, dies at 91

He said he used his camera as a weapon to help bring down White-minority rule in South Africa.

January 3, 2024

Mbongeni Ngema, playwright who extolled apartheid resistance, dies at 68

His plays, including “Sarafina!,” were part of the artistic onslaught against White rule in South Africa.

January 2, 2024

Jiang Ping, Chinese legal scholar who challenged state’s grip, dies at 92

Mr. Jiang helped draft the first modern civil legal codes in China in the 1980s and criticized Chinese leaders for increasing limits on freedoms.

December 31, 2023

Tom Wilkinson, Oscar-nominated ‘In the Bedroom’ actor, dies at 75

Mr. Wilkinson prized his reputation as a “utility player,” showing his range in films from the comedy “The Full Monty” to the legal drama “Michael Clayton.”

December 30, 2023