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Pamela Constable

Pamela Constable

Pamela Constable is a reporter and editor at the Washington Post. She has specialized in coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pamela Groom Constable
EducationEthel Walker School
Greenwich Country Day School
Alma materBrown University
EmployerThe Washington Post
Known forCoverage of Afghanistan
Spouse(s)Mark Ashida (m. 1981-div.)
Arturo Arms Valenzuela (m. September 1986-div.)

Constable attended Brown University. Her first paid job in journalism began in 1974 at The Capital in Annapolis, Maryland.[4] In the 1980s she was a correspondent for the Baltimore Sun and then the Boston Globe, covering Latin American affairs.[2]

Constable was the Washington Post's bureau chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2019 and previously served as the Post's South Asia bureau chief between 1999 and 2005.[5]

She is the author of two books about South Asia and the U.S intervention there, Fragments of Grace: My Search for Meaning in the Strife of South Asia (2004) and Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself (2011), as well as the 1991 political history A Nation of Enemies: Chile Under Pinochet with Arturo Valenzuela.[5][6]

Personal life

Constable has practiced animal rescue on her foreign assignments, including a donkey and several dogs.[4] Her father-in-law was the bishop of the Methodist Church of Chile.[2]


  1. "Pamela Constable and Mark Ashida to Marry in May". New York Times. October 26, 1980. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  2. "Pamela Constable Weds a Professor". The New York Times. September 28, 1986. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  3. "Statement by Arturo Valenzuela" (PDF). Senate Foreign Relations Committee. July 8, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 4, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  4. C-Span Q&A "A Reporter's View of Afghanistan" November 17, 2019, viewed August 11, 2020
  5. "Pamela Constable". Washington Post. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  6. Books by Pamela Constable at

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