Our next correspondent for West Africa is Elian Peltier

When Notre Dame caught fire in 2019, The New York Times aired scoop after scoop revealing the failures that allowed the fire to spread quickly and the dangers left for the people of Paris.

Our secret weapon: Elian Peltier.

Elian, then a reporter-researcher in our Paris office, established himself as a relentless investigative reporter and scoop artist so much that we promoted him to reporter in London.

And now, Elian is taking another step in the growth of his career at The Times: he recently started his new role as West Africa Correspondent based in Dakar, Senegal, where he will work closely with the Chief from the office, Ruth MacLean.

“Elian has been a revelation in every job we’ve asked him to do,” said Jim Yardley, Europe Editor. “He was the driving force behind our remarkable coverage of the Notre-Dame fire, a super reporter in London and a submarine in Brussels. I can’t wait to see what he will do in Africa.

Elian started at The Times as an intern in the Paris office in 2015 amid France’s worst string of terrorist attacks in decades. He said it was “a crash course in reporting breaking news for The New York Times as part of a great team, but also in storytelling.”

In 2017, he became a full-time journalist/researcher and as well as jumping on breaking news, he carved out a new area of ​​coverage – racism and social issues in sport, producing stories like the one on the racism in amateur football that often told the painful story of Europe’s favorite sport.

In 2019, Elian joined the London newsroom as a breaking news reporter, where on the second day he rushed to the south of England to cover the grim discovery of 39 migrants dead in a lorry. Months later, he traveled to Spain to document one of the deadliest waves of the pandemic in Europe. He then spent time leading the live coronavirus briefing from London, taking turns with editors to assign, edit and publish pandemic news stories. Last year, Elian covered the European Union from Brussels, writing about threats to the rule of law and migration.

He remained drawn to life and the hardships faced by immigrants and traveled to Denmark to report on Syrian refugees, highlighting the double standard that European countries apply to asylum seekers.

Elian is no stranger to Africa: he has worked with Ruth on various stories in the region over the years, and in Brussels he told the story of five Congolese women who sued Belgium for the segregationist policy. which took them away from their mothers under colonial rule. in Congo.

Originally from the Paris region, Elian studied at the Missouri School of Journalism and holds a double master’s degree in journalism and international security from Sciences Po Paris. He will keep links with London, working with our editors there.

Elian speaks English, French, Spanish and studies Arabic when he is not running marathons.

Please congratulate him.

—Michael, Laurie and Greg

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