The Reuters Founders Share Company has appointed former New York Times editor Joseph Lelyveld to its board.
Lelyveld spent nearly four decades with the Times. During that time his distinguished reporting included many years as a foreign correspondent in London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, and Johannesburg. He went on to become foreign editor, then managing editor and finally executive editor.
His 1985 book, Move Your Shadow, based on his reporting on South Africa under apartheid, won several major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.
Other honours for his reporting have included the George Polk Memorial Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and The Burton Benjamin Memorial Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Also appointed to the board was Dr Frene Ginwala, former journalist and broadcaster and speaker of the National Assembly of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.
Having published widely on antiapartheid, she is also the President of South African Speakers’ Forum; chairperson of the CPA Africa Region; cochairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) and member of the United Nations Advisory Panel on HighLevel Personalities on African Development.
The Reuters Founders Share Company was set up in 1984 to monitor threats to Reuters “trust principles” of independence, integrity and freedom from bias in the newsgathering.