Stephen Adler

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(journalist, editor)
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Alma materHarvard College, Harvard Law School
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Members
editor-in-chief of Reuters, the source of most news, since 2011.

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In office
2011 - April 2021

Stephen J. Adler is an American journalist. He has been editor-in-chief of Reuters, the news agency that is the source of the majority of corporate news, since 2011.

Early life

Stephen Adler was born in 1955. His father, Norman, was a high school English department chairman, and his mother, Mildred, was a writer and social worker. He graduated from Harvard University in 1977 and from Harvard Law School in 1983.[1]


He began his career as a reporter for Tampa Times and Tallahassee Democrat. He joined The American Lawyer in 1983, then in 1988 joined The Wall Street Journal as legal editor. He was promoted to assistant managing editor in 1998 and to deputy managing editor in 2000.

He was editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek from 2005 to 2009. During his five-year tenure, the magazine and its website won more than 100 awards.

He joined Thomson Reuters in 2010 as senior vice president and editorial director of the company’s Professional Division.[2] He was named editor-in-chief of Reuters News and an executive vice president for Thomson Reuters in 2011, where he directed the editorial operations and news strategy for the company. Adler was named president and editor-in-chief of Reuters in December 2012.[3] In 2018, he spoke out against the arrest and conviction of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar.[4]

Adler is connected to the World Economic Forum system.

Adler is chairman of the board of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and is chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists (This protection doesn't seem to extend to non-corporate Western media, who are deplatformed, demonetized, threatened and demonized on a daily basis).

He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations.


Events Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/201717 January 201720 January 2017World Economic Forum
2950 known participants
WEF/Annual Meeting/201922 January 201925 January 2019World Economic Forum
WEF/Annual Meeting/202021 January 202024 January 2020World Economic Forum
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