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How the WSJ’s Russia bureau chief has come full circle

April 23, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

Ann Simmons

Anne Michaud of the “Women In” newsletter from The Wall Street Journal interviewed Moscow bureau chief Ann Simmons about her job.

Here is an excerpt:

WSJ: What is your current role at The Wall Street Journal?

AS: I manage a team of two expatriate reporters and four Russian support staff.

WSJ: How did you get the job?

AS: I tried to get a foot in the door at the Journal three or four times before I was hired. It wasn’t until a former WSJ staffer got my résumé in front of the appropriate person on the company’s recruitment team that I landed an interview and was given the opportunity to properly compete for the job.

Before joining the Journal, I spent more than three decades studying, visiting and working in Russia, including as a student in the early 1980s and correspondent for Time magazine in the 1990s. I was back again on a short fellowship from the International Center for Journalists in 2014. Returning with the Journal in 2018 has allowed me to come full circle in chronicling Russia’s development from its Cold War communist years through its difficult transformation to a market economy, to its current challenges under the authoritarian leadership of President Vladimir Putin.

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