Jason Rezaian's next steps: Watching basketball and seeing 'Star Wars'

Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post reporter who was released from an Iranian prison this weekend after more than a year in captivity, plans to resume his career covering the fraught relationship between the U.S. and Iran "at some point in the future," he said this morning in a statement.

I’ve spent a lot of my life writing about the United States and Iran, and I never imagined – and never wanted – to become a part of the story, particularly at such an extraordinary moment. I want to get back to writing the U.S.-Iran story at some point in the future. But I won’t be saying anything further for awhile. I hope everyone will respect my need for privacy as I take some time for myself and for my family. For now, I want to catch up with what’s been going on in the world, watch a Warriors game or two, and see the Star Wars movie.

Rezaian grew up in California's Bay Area and presumably would be delighted to see The Golden State Warriors on a winning streak after his 545-day prison term.

This morning, Rezaian is expected to walk out of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where he's recovering, and wave, CNN reports. Since Rezaian departed Iran as part of a prisoner swap this Sunday, dribbles of news about his health and state of mind have been trickling out via The Washington Post and CNN. On Sunday, the Post announced Rezaian had reunited with his editors and was in good spirits. Upon being released, the first thing Rezaian requested was information after being deprived from news for more than a year, according to CNN.

On Tuesday, The Washington Post released the first video of Rezaian post-captivity, which showed him watching a video with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and beaming.

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    Benjamin Mullin

    Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of Poynter.org. He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism innovation, business practices and ethics.


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