Thomasch named top news editor, Tobin named deputy top news editor at Reuters
Tiffany Wu, Americas managing editor at Reuters, sent out the following announcement Wednesday morning:
I am pleased to announce that Paul Thomasch has been appointed Americas Top News Editor, effective January 1.
Paul joins Top News after a 15-month stint as U.S. Elections Editor, where he led a team of about 15 journalists on one of the most important and competitive stories in this region. Under his leadership, we stood out in a crowded field by producing a series of distinctive stories ranging from deep dives on Donald Trump’s business practices to a string of exclusives on the financing behind the 2016 campaign, from sharp analyses around policy proposals to agenda-setting interviews with Trump on foreign affairs.
Before joining the elections team, Paul served as U.S. General News Editor, a role in which he revamped the U.S. domestic service, transformed the relationship with the media business, and led coverage of major national stories from Ferguson to the Boston Marathon bombing.
Paul, who was named Reuters Editor of the Year in 2014, joined the company 18 years ago as a reporter covering energy. He has also covered company news, legal affairs, technology and media, and general news.
I am equally pleased to announce that Ed Tobin has been appointed Deputy Top News Editor for the Americas, effective immediately. For the past six months, Ed has been acting Top News editor, helping to drive our story pipeline and editing high-impact stories including on the SWIFT cyber breach, North Dakota pipeline and U.S. clampdown on Chinese M&A deals.
In his new role, Ed will focus on enterprising corporate stories that provide insight to investors, an increasingly important set of readers among the financial professionals who rely on Reuters. Sharpening our stories to help fund managers, wealth managers and other investors make smarter investment decisions will be one of the most important things we can do in the coming year.
Ed brings a wealth of corporate reporting experience to this critical task. In his 19 years at Reuters, Ed covered food, tobacco and health companies as a reporter; drove stories as EIC of healthcare, manufacturing, restructuring and M&A; and ran Companies News from 2012 to 2014. He has also been Learning Editor, and a specialist editor for Reuters Insider, launching coverage of banking, wealth management and commodities for the video division.
Please join me in congratulating both Paul and Ed on their new roles.