Intelligence Reporter Ryan Lucas Joins CQ News Team

The former AP correspondent will begin by covering the debate over the Patriot Act.

unnamedRyan Lucas, an intelligence and homeland security reporter, has been hired by CQ Roll Call, vp and news director Steve Komarow announced on Monday.

He will be diving headfirst into the fray, helping CQ’s Shawn Zeller with coverage of the debate over the Patriot Act. Lucas, a former AP correspondent in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, began his journalistic career covering domestic and regional issues in Warsaw-including the CIA’s secret prison program in Poland and the U.S. missile defense base that was seen as a provocation by Moscow.

Below is a brief bio of Lucas from Komarow’s staff memo:

In 2010, he transferred to Cairo as an editor on the AP’s Middle East desk. He handled news on the Arab Spring uprisings, especially Egypt and Libya. He covered the rebel assault on Muammar el-Qaddafi’s hometown of Sirte and broke news about the deepl splits emerging among Libya’s new leaders. For the past two years, he was based in Beirut, from where he covered the Syrian civil war and the rise of the Islamic State group, along with the broader turmoil across the region.

Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He also studied at the L’UniversitĂ© de Montpellier III, Paul Valèry, Montpellier, France. He’s fluent in Polish and French, and has a working knowledge of Arabic.

He’ll be reporting to Jennifer Koons, CQ’s national security and foreign policy editor, as their latest addition.