Asia Media warmly congratulates Roula Khalaf on her ascension to the premier Editorship of the Financial Times, one of the world’s great newspapers.  She becomes the first woman editor of the FT in its 131-year history.

Khalaf was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and grew up there during the civil war. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University in New YorkKhalaf was previously deputy editor from 2016 to 2020, overseeing a range of newsroom initiatives and award winning editorial projects and leading a global network of over 100 foreign correspondents.

Before taking up the deputy editor role, Khalaf was the FT’s foreign editor and oversaw the FT’s operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Before that, as Middle East editor, she launched a Middle East edition and led coverage of the Arab Spring. Khalaf was named foreign commentator of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2016 and her series on Qatar won the Foreign Press Association’s Feature story of the year in 2013. She joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York.

FT Editor Khalaf writes, via FT digital:
“Yesterday was my first day on the job as editor of the Financial Times. This week, the newsroom bid a very fond farewell to Lionel Barber, who stepped down after 14 years at the helm, and 35 years at the Financial Times. Lionel leaves the FT as a truly digital publisher with more journalists on staff than when he took over in 2005. Few publications can match this achievement. It is thanks to you — our more than 1 million paying readers — that we can sustain high quality journalism.

I am immensely honoured and excited to lead the FT forward: translating old-fashioned reporting and classic storytelling for the digital age. I appreciate the many notes of encouragement and advice that I have received from readers in recent months. My email address is I want to hear from you.

The next year, and the next decade, will bring more upheaval and disruption. This week we saw Vladimir Putin cement his hold on Russia, the US and China strike a fragile trade truce, and Australia still ravaged by the devastating effects of climate change. You can count on the FT to be your guide to this changing world.

Congratulations to this very impressive Lebanon-born career women journalist!


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