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Nahal “Halley” Toosi

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    Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, POLITICO

    Full Biography

    Nahal Toosi is POLITICO's senior correspondent for foreign affairs and national security. Her work has taken her from the halls of the US State Department to refugee camps in Asia. In 2019, Toosi was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in reporting for her story on the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh and Myanmar. Toosi joined POLITICO from The Associated Press, where she reported from and/or served as an editor in New York, Islamabad, Kabul and London. She was one of the first foreign correspondents to reach Abbottabad, Pakistan, after the killing of Osama bin Laden. Prior to joining the AP, Toosi worked for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where she mostly covered higher education but also managed to report from Iraq during the US invasion in 2003, as well as from Egypt, Thailand, South Korea and Germany. Toosi is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she spent most of her time at the college paper, the Daily Tar Heel.