Reuters executive editor Chua named executive editor of startup

Gina Chua

Reuters executive editor Gina Chua has been hired to be executive editor of a new media start-up helmed by Ben Smith spirit Justin Smithreports Katie Robertson of the New York Times.

Robertson reports, “Ms. Chua’s hire was announced on Tuesday by Ben Smith, who left his role as a media columnist for The New York Times in January to start a global news organization with Justin Smith, the former chief executive of Bloomberg Media. Ben Smith will serve as editor in chief of the new outlet, with Ms. Chua reporting to him.

“Since April, Ms. Chua has been the executive editor of Reuters and in charge of its editorial operations, which include 2,500 journalists around the world. She reports to Alessandra Galloni, the editor in chief. Reuters announced Ms. Chua’s departure from the company in a memo to staff on Tuesday.

“Ms. Chua, 60, was previously the editor in chief of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and the Asia edition of The Wall Street Journal. She is also one of the most senior transgender journalists in the United States. ”

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