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James Morrison

James Morrison

James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor until his transfer to the Metro desk as the Virginia editor. Mr. Morrison returned to the Foreign Desk in 1993 to launch the Embassy Row column, a diplomatic news column primarily focusing on foreign ambassadors in the United States and U.S. ambassadors abroad. The column is the only one of its kind in U.S. journalism.

Mr. Morrison was born on Nov. 27, 1950, in Charleston, W.Va. His father worked as a printer for the Charleston Gazette and later relocated to Washington to work as a photo engraver at The Washington Post until his retirement. Before joining The Washington Times, James Morrison was a reporter for the Springfield, Va., Times, the Northern Virginia Sun and the Alexandria Gazette. He attended American University.


Articles by James Morrison

Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Embassy Row: India strikes back over diplomat’s arrest

India retaliated Tuesday over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York with a grab bag of punitive measures against U.S. diplomats, from demanding details on the pay of their domestic help to curtailing the import of liquor to the U.S. Embassy to making unspecified threats against gay diplomats, citing a Supreme Court ruling last week that makes homosexual acts a crime. Published December 17, 2013

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran. A report by Iran's official news agency quotes the country's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, saying the Islamic Republic needs more nuclear power plants, just after it struck a deal regarding its contested nuclear program with world powers. Salehi said Iran is in serious talks with several countries including Russia to build four more nuclear power plants.(AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour, File)

Most Americans want no Iranian uranium enrichment: poll

The majority of Americans on both sides of the political aisle agree that Iran's nuclear program, whether for energy or weapons, is the biggest threat facing the United States in the Middle East, a new poll shows. Published December 11, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks during a committee hearing on Embassy Security on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 16, 2013. (Associated Press)

Senate debate: Is Santa Claus an American citizen?

Is Santa Claus an American citizen? That question came up during a hearing Wednesday at the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, as Sen. Robert Menendez quizzed Bruce Heyman on his nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to Canada. Published December 11, 2013


Embassy Row: Hostage location classified

Secretary of State John F. Kerry surprised members of Congress on Tuesday by revealing that the whereabouts of seven Iranian dissidents kidnapped in a deadly raid on a refugee camp in Iraq is classified. Published December 10, 2013

** FILE ** Iraqi security forces enter through the main gate of Camp Ashraf in Khalis, northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iranian exiles call for probe of Camp Ashraf attack

Iranian dissidents Monday marked the 100th day since gunmen killed 52 Iranians in an Iraqi refugee camp, as U.N. officials warned that Iraq is violating human rights treaties by failing to account for seven hostages kidnapped in the Sept. 1 raid. Published December 9, 2013

President George Bush shakes hands with South African national leader Nelson Mandela at the White House in Washington, June 25, 1990. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

Embassy Row: ‘What a tragedy,’ African diplomat says of Mandela’s death

The most senior foreign ambassador in the U.S. had just returned to Washington from a trip when a reporter informed him that Nelson Mandela had died. "Oh! What a tragedy! What a tragedy! What a tragedy!' exclaimed Ambassador Roble Olhaye of the African nation of Djibouti. Published December 8, 2013

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2005, file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, 87, is in a jovial mood at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, where he met with the winner and runner-up of the local "Idols" competition. South Africa's president says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, dies at age 95

Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for his armed militancy against South Africa's apartheid regime only to emerge as a global icon for peaceful resistance and become his nation's first black president, died Thursday in Johannesburg after a long illness. He was 95. Published December 5, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the board of trustees in the Moscow State University in Moscow, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. At a meeting with students in the Moscow State University Putin said  that Russia should beef up its presence in the Arctic for both economic and military reasons.  (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Metzel, Presidential Press Service)

Russian diplomats busted bilking $1.5 million from Medicaid

Federal prosecutors have charged 49 Russian diplomats and their spouses with cheating Medicaid out of $1.5 million, which some of them used on shopping sprees at Tiffany's and Bloomingdale's in New York. Published December 5, 2013

Flags wave over Independence Square during a rally in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013. A resolution to Ukraine's political turmoil remained elusive as thousands of people continued rallying on Kiev's Independence Square and besieging key government buildings. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Sen. Ben Cardin hits Ukraine for crackdown on Kiev protests

The chairman of a congressional human rights panel Wednesday condemned the crackdown on pro-Western protesters in Ukraine on the eve of an international civil rights conference in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, gripped in a showdown between riot police and thousands of demonstrators. Published December 4, 2013

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks at the Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Santos  was invited to speak by the president of the University of Miami, Donna E. Shalala, the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Hemispheric Policy. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, C.M. Guerrero) MAGS OUT

With Monroe Doctrine dead, Obama to host Latin American leader

President Obama meets Tuesday with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos — the first Latin American leader to visit the White House since Secretary of State John F. Kerry declared the death of the Monroe Doctrine. Published December 2, 2013

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird

Embassy Row: Canada strong and free

In the words of its national anthem, Canada is standing strong and free against the Iranian nuclear agreement engineered by the Obama administration. Published November 28, 2013