Zakaria, Reuters reporter with WMD scoop, leaving news agency

Tabassum Zakaria

Tabassum Zakaria, the Reuters reporter who was the first to report that the Bush administration found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, is leaving the news agency.

She is one of the journalists being pruned with buyout offers aimed at cutting Reuters costs.

Zakaria covers national security. She used to run the Front Row Washington politics blog, was a White House correspondent during President George W. Bush’s second term, and has covered intelligence, defense, foreign policy, and Congress.

As Dallas correspondent she covered the stand-off in Waco. Her early years in New York were spent covering financial markets and the New York Fed.

She has been at Reuters since May 1989 and is a New York University graduate.