FT names investigations and special projects editor

The Financial Times has appointed Christine Spolar as to the newly-created role of investigations and special projects editor.

She joins the paper from Bloomberg News where she was economy/enterprise editor.

Before joining Bloomberg, Spolar, who will be based in London, had spells at the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, the Chicago Tribune, CBS News, The Washington Post and The Miami Herald

‘Spolar will work closely with the FT‘s network of award-winning journalists across the globe to spearhead in-depth investigative reports for the newspaper and FT.com,’the paper said in a statement.

Editor Lionel Barber told Press Gazette: “Chris Spolar is an outstanding reporter and editor who will bring the best of American journalism to the FT.

“Chris worked for many years for the Washington Post where she earned a reputation for penetrating reporting and great writing.

“Her experience as a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and editing roles at the Huffington Post and Bloomberg, will provide us with important skills relating to digital content too. I am delighted to have her aboard.”

Meanwhile, Michael Mackenzie has been named as the New York-based US markets editor,

Mackenzie, who was formerly US markets correspondent, will lead the FT’s coverage and analysis of US stocks, bonds, commodities, foreign exchange, derivatives, wealth and fund management.

The Huffington Post’s chief business correspondent Shahien Nasiripour has also joined the FT as financial and regulatory correspondent (New York).

Gillian Tett, the US managing editor of the FT, said: ‘I am pleased to announce these appointments, each of which shows that the FT continues to attract the most talented minds in journalism. With their unique backgrounds and global perspectives, Christine, Michael and Shahien embody the FT’s commitment to providing the sharpest and clearest voices on world news, especially amid a global financial crisis.”

Earlier this month announced the appointment of Hugh Carnegy and Tony Barber to the newly created roles of European managing editor and Europe editor.

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