New York Times deputy business editor Adrienne Carter sent out the following announcement on Monday:
We are excited to announce that Christine Spolar is joining The New York Times as our International Business Editor.
Christine brings a mix of international and business expertise. She is currently the executive editor of Kaiser Health News in Washington, helping to build up their digital presence and develop their investigative reporting. At the Financial Times, she started the global investigations team, working on ambitious enterprise and coverage about money laundering, benchmark irregularities, cybersecurity, and the rise of the far right in Britain. As a writer at the Washington Post, Christine reported across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, covering the Balkan wars, suicide bombers in Israel, and military actions in Afghanistan.
It is as if she was destined to work at The Times, having crossed paths over the years with many of our colleagues. She worked at the Daily Northwestern at the same time as Matt Purdy, Elisabeth Bumiller, and Dean Murphy. She covered Nixon’s funeral with Bill Hamilton when they were at the Washington Post. Christine and Serge Kovaleski both chased the Tonya Harding scandal before the 1994 Olympics. She was fingerprinted with Michael Slackman in Tehran.
In her spare time, Christine managed to become a trained yoga instructor, completing a 500-hour certification. She is also a rabid Pirates fan and has quite an affinity for mascots. As far as she is concerned: Mr. Met has nothing over the Pirate Parrot.
Luckily for Mets fans, she will be based in London. Christine will be working closely with Carlos and Prashant to oversee our coverage in Europe and Asia, as well as with Jim Yardley and Phil Pan to help infuse economics and business more broadly into our international report. She will start on September 17 in New York and move to London in early October.