Former WSJ exec is new Reuters News ed-in-chief

Stephen Adler has been made editor-in-chief of Reuters News – replacing David Schesinger who moves on after four years in the job.

Schlesinger is to become chairman of Thomson Reuters China with a brief to ‘help develop and support its growth strategy in China and build senior relationships in the region”. He will also write about China for Reuters.

As editor-in-chief Adler heads up what claims to be the largest independent news agency in the world – with 2,700 journalists and 200 bureaux.

Adler is also to take up the newly-created position of executive vice president for news across Thomson Reuters, overseeing the entire company’s news strategy and operations.

Announcing the change, Thomson Reuters chief executive Tom Glocer said: ‘Our goal is to make Thomson Reuters the world’s leading source of news for professionals and Steve Adler is the perfect choice to lead the next phase in this mission.

‘During the past year Steve has recruited and led a talented team of journalists and editors in creating news services for our Legal, Tax & Accounting and Healthcare & Science businesses; he will now incorporate this team into the greater Reuters News organisation to serve professionals across all of our businesses.

Adler said: ‘Journalistic excellence will continue to be our hallmark and our goal is to become a must-read among global professionals. To that end, we will continue to develop our extraordinary internal talent as well as hiring strategically from outside.

Adler, who will be based in New York, joined Thomson Reuters in 2010 as senior vice president and editorial director of the Professional division. Before joining Thomson Reuters, he was editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek, and before that spent sixteen years at The Wall Street Journal.

As Wall Street Journal investigative editor, Adler managed reporting teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes between 1995 and 1999.

He has also been editor of The American Lawyer and he began his career as a reporter on local newspapers in Florida.

He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Law School, and is author of the book The Jury: Trial and Error in the American Courtroom.

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