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FT Future of News

Bridging the divide

New York |
Speakers include:
Dean Baquet

Dean Baquet

The New York Times

Roula Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

Financial Times

Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark Philanthropies


The Financial Times would like to advise you that it has taken the decision to postpone the FT Future of News conference.

We are very disappointed that this has proved necessary but with the rapid increase of the COVID-19 virus across Europe and globally, together with the many travel restrictions now in place for so many of our participants, we feel that it is in the interests of all our attendees to no longer proceed as planned on June 4, 2020.

We understand how important the Conference is for all our speakers, sponsors and delegates, so we are pleased to confirm that FT Future of News will now be held on October 14, 2020 at the Convene, New York.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of this Conference.

Date: 26/03/2020

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/14/2020 08:00:0010/14/2020 18:00:00trueFT Future of NewsThe Financial Times would like to advise you that it has taken the decision to postpone the FT Future of News conference.We are very disappointed that this has proved necessary but with the rapid increase of the COVID-19 virus across Europe and globally, together with the many travel restrictions now in place for so many of our participants, we feel that it is in the interests of all our attendees to no longer proceed as planned on June 4, 2020.We understand how important the Conference is for all our speakers, sponsors and delegates, so we are pleased to confirm that FT Future of News will now be held on October 14, 2020 at the Convene, New York.Thank you so much for your ongoing support of this Conference.Date: 26/03/2020FT-Future-of-News5a5c3e47d17144cf1ecebb11ae73a558MM/DD/YYYY

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As the 2020 elections approach, the US news industry is gearing up to cover the most crucial contest in a generation, aiming to prove it can do so without fear or favor, even as journalists come under attack from politicians, and public trust in news hovers at a historic low.

While the media is flourishing in major cities, where journalists have rediscovered their purpose and built new followings, it is withering in less prosperous regions -- driving a market for fact-free, click-driven, polarizing material on social media. Investors, platforms and media organizations themselves are beginning to address this divide, searching for ways to ensure that no one is deprived of accurately reported information.

There are bright spots: struggling trophy brands have attracted public-spirited billionaires, smaller titles are probing a non-profit model, and younger entrepreneurs are testing the power of an influence-driven, multi-platform approach. To what extent will these approaches influence the production, distribution and consumption of news in the next decade?

The FT’s third Future of News conference in New York will gather top media and advertising executives, editors, politicians, academics and technology leaders to debate how the US news business is shaping -- and being shaped by -- the next wave of political, social, economic and technological upheaval.


Agenda - 14th Oct

  • 8:00am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 8:50am
    Welcome remarks

    Alex Barker, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 8:55am
    Opening presentation: The News in 2020

    Peter Spiegel, US Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Editors’ panel: Restoring trust

    Voters and politicians alike have become less willing to countenance views that differ from their own, a trend that many believe has led to a blurring between news and opinion. Is it possible, desirable and profitable for leading news brands to reach across the aisle and restore broader appeal?

    Stephen J. Adler, Editor-in-Chief, Reuters
    Roula Khalaf, Editor, Financial Times
    Norman Pearlstine, Executive Editor, Los Angeles Times

  • 9:45am
    Panel: How can local news survive?

    Citizens across large swathes of America are arguably losing out on balanced, relevant news as record numbers of local and regional titles fold. Who is best placed to back local journalism, and which formats will work? Would the regeneration of local journalism help revive local democracy as well?

    Jennifer Napier-Pearce, Editor, Salt Lake Tribune
    Kristin Roberts, Vice President of News, McClatchy
    Steve Waldman, Co-founder and President, Report for America

  • 10:25am
    Keynote dialogue

    Craig Newmark, Founder, Craig Newmark Philanthropies
    Jennifer Preston, Vice President, News, Knight Foundation 

  • 10:55am
    Networking break
  • 11:15am
    Panel: Technology & transformation -- How will we get news in the 2020s?

    As news formats across traditional and digital media converge, where will the industry’s next innovations emerge? How does Gen Z engage with the news, and how will this impact editorial and commercial priorities? Which skills will journalists need to develop as a new decade dawns?

    Jesse Angelo, President, Global News and Entertainment, VICE Media Group
    John Ridding, CEO, Financial Times Group
    Vivian Schiller, Executive Director, Aspen Digital, The Aspen Institute

  • 11:55am
    Keynote interview
  • 12:20pm
    Panel: Holding power to account in a post-truth world

    The 2016 election and the presidency of Donald Trump have challenged long-held tenets on how to report the news. In this panel, we debate how norms have changed, the challenges of working in a hostile environment, and how future journalists should distinguish fact from fiction in politics.

    Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Executive Editor, Teen Vogue
    Amna Nawaz, Senior National Correspondent and Primary Substitute Anchor, PBS NewsHour
    Margaret Sullivan, Media Columnist, The Washington Post

  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Keynote interview

    Dean Baquet, Executive Editor, The New York Times

  • 2:25pm
    Panel: The future of television news

    The TV business is evolving to meet challenges in a new world of streaming, personalization and high-stakes battles for content and talent. Which monetization models will ensure that all Americans receive fair, balanced reporting? How can national broadcasters distinguish themselves from better funded tech platforms?

  • 3:05pm
    Keynote interview
  • 3:25pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:50pm
    Panel: Can news make money and still play fair?

    How can news organizations across platforms further leverage their brands to become more profitable, while providing the news citizens really need, and protecting their privacy? What can national and niche titles learn from each other? Is current media regulation fit for purpose?

    Roy Schwartz, Co-founder and President, Axios
    Alex Wallace, Head of Media, Verizon Media

  • 4:30pm
    Closing keynote: Bridging the Divide

    Following the social and digital upheaval of the last four years, how can we begin to heal divisions and restore trust across politics and the media?

  • 4:55pm
    Closing remarks

    Alex Barker, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Networking drinks

Speakers and Moderators (21)

Dean Baquet

Dean Baquet

Executive Editor
The New York Times

Dean Baquet is Executive Editor of The New York Times, a position he assumed in May 2014. He serves in the highest ranked position in The Times’s newsroom and oversees The New York Times news report in all its various forms. Before being named Executive Editor, Mr Baquet was Managing Editor of The Times. He previously served as Washington Bureau Chief for the paper from March 2007 to September 2011.

Mr Baquet rejoined The Times after several years at the Los Angeles Times, where he was Editor of the newspaper from 2005, after serving as Managing Editor from 2000. Previously, Mr Baquet had been National Editor and Deputy Metro Editor of The New York Times. He joined in 1990 as a Metro reporter. Before that, he reported for the Chicago Tribune from 1984 to 1990 and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans for nearly seven years. While at the Chicago Tribune, Mr Baquet was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for investigative reporting on corruption in the Chicago City Council. He has received numerous other local and regional awards. Mr Baquet majored in English at Columbia University.

Roula Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

Financial Times

Roula Khalaf is Editor of the Financial Times. She was previously Deputy Editor from 2016 to 2020, overseeing a range of newsroom initiatives and award winning editorial projects and leading a global network of over 100 foreign correspondents.

Before taking up the Deputy Editor role, Ms Khalaf was the FT's Foreign Editor and oversaw the FT's operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Before that, as Middle East Editor, she launched a Middle East edition and led coverage of the Arab Spring. Ms Khalaf was named foreign commentator of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2016 and her series on Qatar won the Foreign Press Association’s Feature story of the year in 2013. She joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York.

Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer, philanthropist, and leading advocate. Most commonly known for founding the online classified ads service craigslist, Mr Newmark works to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement.

In 2016, he founded Craig Newmark Philanthropies to advance people and grassroots organisations that are “getting stuff done” in areas that include trustworthy journalism & the information ecosystem, voter protection, women in technology, and veterans & military families. At its core, all of Mr Newmark’s philanthropic work helps to strengthen American democracy by supporting the values that the country aspires to – fairness, opportunity and respect.

Mr Newmark serves on the board of directors of a number of organisations, including Blue Star Families, the Center for Public Integrity, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, Girls Who Code, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Poynter Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, VetsinTech, and Women in Public Service Project. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review and on the advisory board of nearly 20 other nonprofit organisations, including, EFF, New America Foundation, Voto Latino, Wikimedia Foundation, and Women Who Tech.

In 1995, Mr Newmark started curating a list of San Francisco arts and technology events, which he personally emailed to friends and colleagues. People were soon calling it "Craig's List," and when Mr Newmark turned it into a company, he monetised it minimally, opting for a business model that prioritised "doing well by doing good." Today, more than 5 billion ads have been posted on the site, the vast majority for free. Mr Newmark has not been involved in the day-to-day management of the company since 2000.

Mr Newmark earned degrees in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University.

Stephen J. Adler

Stephen J. Adler


Stephen J. Adler is Editor-in-Chief of Reuters, the world’s largest international news provider, where he oversees all editorial functions. Under his leadership, Reuters has received scores of top journalism awards, including six Pulitzer Prizes, while reaching billions of people daily with trusted video, text, pictures, and graphics. 

Mr Adler joined Thomson Reuters in 2010 as Senior Vice President and Editorial Director of the company’s Professional Division. He was named Editor-in-Chief, Reuters News, in 2011. Under his leadership, Reuters has received scores of top journalism awards around the world, including Reuters first-ever Pulitzer Prize for text reporting in 2014 and a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

Before joining Thomson Reuters, Mr Adler was Editor-in-Chief of BusinessWeek, where, during his five-year tenure, the magazine and its website won more than 100 major journalism awards. Earlier, he spent 16 years at The Wall Street Journal, managing reporting teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes.

A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Law School, Mr Adler is author of the book The Jury: Trial and Error in the American Courtroom, which won the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association. With his wife, the novelist Lisa Grunwald, he was co-editor of the best-selling Letters of the Century: America 1900—1999 and Women’s Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present. Their third anthology, The Marriage Book, was released in 2015.

Mr Adler serves on the boards of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists, and on the executive committee for the board of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He serves as chairman of Columbia Journalism Review’s Board of Overseers. He is also a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Gerald R. Loeb Awards board of final judges. 

Norman Pearlstine

Norman Pearlstine

Executive Editor
Los Angeles Times

Norman Pearlstine is Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Times. Before joining The Times in 2018, Mr Pearlstine served as Chief Content Officer and then Vice Chairman of Time Inc. Prior to that, he was Chief Content Officer at Bloomberg LP. 

For nearly five decades, Mr Pearlstine has worked as a reporter and editor. He was Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc from 1995 to 2005 before becoming a senior advisor to Time Warner. At Time Inc, he oversaw the editorial content of Time Inc’s 154 magazines. Previously, Mr Pearlstine worked for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine, the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Wall Street Journal Europe. He also launched Smart Money magazine for Dow Jones & Co and Hearst Corp. 

Mr Pearlstine serves on the boards of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP). He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources, published in 2007. 

Mr Pearlstine is the recipient of numerous honors, including the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame, the Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Business & Financial Journalism, and the National Press Foundation’s Editor of the Year Award. He received his BA from Haverford College, his LLB from the University of Pennsylvania, and he did postgraduate work at the law school of Southern Methodist University.

John Ridding

John Ridding

Financial Times Group

John Ridding is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times Group, a role he has held for the past 10 years. Under his stewardship the FT has expanded its global operations, successfully scaled and transformed its core business and acquired a number of companies that support its multichannel strategy including Money-Media, Medley Global Advisors, Exec-Appointments, Assanka (renamed FT Labs), Alpha Grid and most recently Longitude.

He managed the acquisition of the FT by Nikkei in 2015, a merger than has been completed smoothly to create a global news media leader. He also serves as a Special Executive Director of Nikkei. He is co-chair of Nikkei’s Digital Strategy Committee and sits on Nikkei’s Global Investment Committee.

During his tenure the FT has built its reputation for quality global news and analysis and digital transformation. The FT now attracts the largest paying readership in its 129-year history, with two-thirds of its readership now coming from digital channels and a growing presence in video and social media. It has won a series of awards for its strategy and its coverage and is recognised as an industry leader in innovation and communications.

Mr Ridding has been at the FT for 29 years, including leadership roles in editorial, business and at the FT’s former parent company, Pearson, where he was President of Pearson Professional, a division of the global education business. He was a member of Pearson’s executive board, and also served as President of Pearson in Asia, over-seeing the group’s regional education strategy. He launched the Corporate Learning Alliance in partnership with IE of Spain and the FT125, a leadership forum now complemented by a forum for women in business.

Prior to his Pearson role, Mr Ridding was the editor and publisher of the Financial Times in Asia. He led the launch of the FT’s Asia edition in 2003, steering it to a series of commercial and editorial successes. He also led the development of the FT’s Chinese language website, which now has more than 2m users and is the leading international source of business news in China. He launched a number of training and educational initiatives in the region.

During his career at the FT, Mr Ridding has held a variety of senior positions in both editorial and business departments, including deputy editor, managing editor, Asia editor, Paris correspondent and Korea correspondent. Before joining the FT, he worked at Oxford Analytica, heading the economics and Asia Pacific desks.

Jesse Angelo

Jesse Angelo

President, Global News and Entertainment
VICE Media Group

Jesse Angelo is President, Global News and Entertainment of VICE Media Group, and oversees three of the company's five lines of business. As VICE’s most senior strategic and operational content leader, he spearheads the international expansion, growth and content development of the award-winning News division, digital channels, and television business. He joined VICE Media Group in June 2019. 

Mr Angelo was most recently Chief of Digital Advertising Solutions for News Corp, as well as Publisher and CEO of The New York Post. 

He sits on the board of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism CUNY Foundation, and co-edited Deadline Artists, two anthologies of America’s greatest newspaper columns.

Mr Angelo graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in American History and Literature. 

Alex Barker

Alex Barker

Global Media Editor
Financial Times

Alex Barker was appointed Global Media Editor for the Financial Times in September 2019. He had previously spent eight years in Brussels for the FT, first as EU Correspondent and European Diplomatic Editor, and then from May 2016, as Brussels Bureau Chief. Prior to that, he spent four years as a UK political correspondent in Westminster. Mr Barker started his career in current affairs television. After taking a Master’s degree at Columbia University, he joined the FT as a graduate trainee in 2005. 

Luis Fernández

Luis Fernández

Executive Vice President, Network News

Luis Fernández is the Executive Vice President of Network News for Telemundo. In this role, he oversees the network news operations and manages editorial direction, programming and production of all news properties, including the award-winning nightly newscast, Noticiero Telemundo; the Sunday news program Enfoque con Jose Diaz-Balart; the national weekend newscast Noticias Telemundo Fin de Semana; the news content of Telemundo’s morning program Un Nuevo Día; and the network’s daily news magazine program, Al Rojo Vivo, hosted by Emmy award-winning journalist María Celeste Arrarás. 

Mr Fernández also oversees other related network news programming, breaking news and specials, as well as works closely with Mario Kreutzberger “Don Francisco” in producing and coordinating high profile interviews.  Additionally, he is charged with strengthening the collaborations with Telemundo’s owned and operated stations and leveraging the relationship with NBC News.

Mr Fernández joined Telemundo with nearly three decades of journalistic experience.  Prior to relocating to the US in 2007, he was CEO of Radio Televisión Española (RTVE). Previously, he held roles across journalism, television, radio, news and production, including News Director at Canal +, where he moderated the only televised debate for the 1996 elections; News Director of Telecinco; News Director at Cadena SER, the main radio network in Spain; General Manager at Plural Entertainment, a television and film production company; and CEO of PROMOFILM US, where he was executive producer of several films.  In 2009 he joined Univision Communications as President of Entertainment and President of Univision Studios. Most recently, he was CEO of Real Madrid for the Asia Pacific Region in Beijing.

Mr Fernández holds a degree in Journalism from Universidad Complutense of Madrid. 

Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Executive Editor
Teen Vogue

Samhita Mukhopadhyay is Executive Editor of Teen Vogue. 

An award-winning writer, editor, and lecturer, she formerly served as Senior Editorial Director at Mic and is the former Executive Editor of She is the co-editor of Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump's America the author of Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life. 

Ms Mukhopadhyay’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Allure, Jezebel, New York, Vogue India, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and The Nation.

Jennifer Napier-Pearce

Jennifer Napier-Pearce

Salt Lake Tribune

Jennifer Napier-Pearce is Editor of The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah’s largest daily newspaper, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017. 

Prior to her work at The Tribune, she served as news director, anchor, host and reporter at local radio stations KUER and KCPW. 

Ms Napier-Pearce has received numerous top awards from the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Utah Broadcasters Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), Top of the Rockies and other organisations. She regularly moderates community events and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Utah. She has a BA from the University of Utah and an MA from Stanford University. 

Amna Nawaz

Amna Nawaz

Senior National Correspondent and Primary Substitute Anchor
PBS NewsHour

Amna Nawaz joined PBS NewsHour in April 2018 and serves as Senior National Correspondent and Primary Substitute Anchor.

Prior to joining the NewsHour, Ms Nawaz was an anchor and correspondent at ABC News, anchoring breaking news coverage and leading the network’s digital coverage of the 2016 presidential election. Before that, she served as a foreign correspondent at NBC News, reporting from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, and the broader region. She is also the founder and former managing editor of NBC’s Asian America platform, built to elevate the voices of America’s fastest-growing population.

At the NewsHour, Ms Nawaz has reported on politics, foreign affairs, education, climate change, culture and sports. She has interviewed international newsmakers -- including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Brazilian leader Eduardo Bolsonaro -- as well as lawmakers and Trump administration officials – including then-ICE Director Mark Morgan’s first interview after President Trump announced mass raids across the US, Acting Secretary of DHS Kevin McAleenan, and former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in her first interview since leaving the Trump administration -- and influential voices including Reba McEntire, Gloria Estefan, and Dev Patel.

Domestically, Ms Nawaz’s reporting has taken her to Appalachia to cover healthcare and the economy, the Pacific Northwest to cover gentrification and discrimination in housing, and communities across the country to take the political pulse of the nation. Internationally, she’s traveled to Brazil to report on climate change from within the Amazon, and the Venezuelan refugee crisis.

Anna Nicolaou

Anna Nicolaou

US Media Correspondent
Financial Times

Anna Nicolaou is US Media Correspondent for the Financial Times, based in New York. Ms Nicolaou joined the FT in 2014 as a digital editor and general assignment reporter, covering US real estate, Canadian politics, and breaking news. 

She won the Standard & Poor's award for Economic & Business Reporting in 2014, earning an Overseas Press Club Foundation fellowship that sent her to Brussels, where she reported on the European elections and the Russia-Ukraine energy crisis for Reuters. Before joining the FT, she reported on banking for the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, and wrote about fintech companies for Fast Company. Prior to entering journalism, Ms Nicolaou worked in the financial sector, as a macroeconomic analyst for DRW, a high-frequency trading group. 

Ms Nicolaou is a graduate of the University of Toronto, earning a Fellowship in Global Journalism, and McGill University, earning a Bachelor's degree in Economics. 

Jennifer Preston

Jennifer Preston

VP, News
Knight Foundation

Jennifer Preston is the Knight Foundation’s VP for Journalism, heading its efforts to support the First Amendment and build a sustainable, inclusive future for local news.

A 19-year veteran of The New York Times, she has been a digital journalist, reporter and senior editor. 

The Times’ first social media editor in 2011, she was previously a senior editor on the Metropolitan Desk, and led innovative data projects including a five-year analysis of the impact of mortgage foreclosures in the New York area. She also spent nearly seven years as a senior editor in the Office of the Executive Editor, working across the newsroom on budget, career development, diversity, newsroom policies and staffing.

Ms Preston has also worked at New York Newsday, the Philadelphia Bulletin and The Philadelphia Daily News.

She won the New York Press Club’s Gold Typewriter Award for Public Service and the New York State Bar Association’s Award for investigative reporting, while sharing a 2013 award from El Mundo for pioneering work in using social media for journalism.

She has taught journalism at the Columbia University and CUNY Graduate Schools of Journalism. She is the author of “Queen Bess,” a biography of Bess Myerson.

Ms Preston has a BA in journalism from Boston University, and was a 2010 fellow in the Sulzberger Leadership Program at Columbia University.

Kristin Roberts

Kristin Roberts

Vice President of News

Kristin Roberts is Vice President of News at McClatchy. She leads 30 newsrooms focused on delivering local news and information that is essential to the lives of readers and viewers in communities across the US. 

Before her appointment to this top position, she was McClatchy Executive Editor for politics and regional editor for its East Region newsrooms, including the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, Lexington Herald Leader and the Washington Bureau, among others. She directed coverage of the US government, the Trump presidency and Congress, and led collaboration on national enterprise projects across multiple newsrooms.

Prior to joining McClatchy, Ms Roberts served as National Editor at POLITICO where she guided coverage of the 2016 presidential race to produce in-depth reporting on the candidates and their campaigns that broke news and consistently led the field. She came to POLITICO from National Journal, where as Managing Editor she oversaw newsroom-wide operations.

She began her career at Reuters, spending 13 years covering everything from Wall Street and economics in New York and Miami to defense and foreign policy in Washington before moving into newsroom leadership.

Ms Roberts holds MAs from Georgetown University and Columbia University and a BA from The George Washington University.

Vivian Schiller

Vivian Schiller

Executive Director, Aspen Digital
The Aspen Institute

Vivian Schiller is a longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology. She recently joined the Aspen Institute in a new position heading up programmes across media, technology and cybersecurity. 

Prior to joining Aspen, Ms Schiller served as the founding head of the Civil Foundation, an independent not-for-profit committed to the sustainability of trustworthy journalism around the world. She is also strategic advisor to Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Over the last 30 years, Ms Schiller has held executive roles at some of the most respected media organisations in the world. Those include President and CEO of NPR; 

Global Chair of News at Twitter; General Manager of; Chief Digital Office of NBC News; chief of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications; and head of CNN documentary and long form divisions. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys.

Ms Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian.

Roy Schwartz

Roy Schwartz

Co-founder and President

Roy Schwartz is Co-founder and President of Axios, the new media company he launched in January 2017 with Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen. Axios (which means “worthy” in Greek) uses “Smart Brevity” to deliver news and information that help people quickly and easily understand the world’s most consequential topics.

Under Mr Schwartz’s leadership, Axios was awarded Adweek’s “Hottest in News 2018,” listed to Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies 2018,” and named to Ad Age’s “Publisher’s A-List 2019” for both Digital and Events. He is also an executive producer of AXIOS on HBO, a first-of-its-kind show fusing Axios reporting with the storytelling brilliance of HBO and two award-winning documentary filmmakers.

He was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for POLITICO, the digital media company focused on politics and policy in Washington, New York and Europe. Prior to POLITICO, he was a Partner at Gallup’s management consulting practice in Washington, DC and California advising Fortune 500 companies on employee and customer engagement. He was named to DCInno's 2016 "50 on Fire" for marketing and advertising, 2015 FOLIO 100 as a “Corporate Catalyst” and by the Washington Business Journal in its 2015 “40 under 40.”

Peter Spiegel

Peter Spiegel

US Managing Editor
Financial Times

Peter Spiegel is the US Managing Editor of the Financial Times, based in New York. In this role, Mr Spiegel leads the FT’s news operations on all platforms in the region. He is responsible for leading stories and deploying newsroom resources to help drive further expansion of the FT’s American subscriber base.

Previously, Mr Spiegel served as FT News Editor, running the group’s editorial operations on a day-to-day basis from its London headquarters from 2016 to 2019. While running the newsroom, he successfully transformed the FT’s publishing schedule and helped embed a culture of innovation in digital storytelling. During his tenure, the FT won the top two prizes in UK journalism: newspaper of the year at the 2018 British Press Awards, and news provider of the year at the 2018 British Journalism Awards.

Prior to that, Mr Spiegel spent six years in Brussels as the FT’s bureau chief, leading coverage of the eurozone debt crisis and Europe’s role in global affairs. In 2012 and 2013, Mr Spiegel and his team won back-to-back Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards for their coverage of the eurozone debt crisis. His 2014 "How the Euro Was Saved" series is considered the definitive account of the crisis' final year.

Mr Spiegel returned to the FT in August 2010 after spending nearly five years in Washington, first as Pentagon correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and then as senior national security correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. In both jobs, he covered foreign policy and military affairs with a special focus on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, travelling frequently overseas, including multiple visits to both war zones.

Mr Spiegel first joined the FT in its Washington bureau in 1999, where he was co-winner of a 2003 British Press Award for his coverage of the Arthur Andersen accounting scandal. He became the FT’s defence correspondent in 2003, traveling frequently to Iraq and Afghanistan to cover the ongoing conflicts. He covered the December 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein from Tikrit (going so far as to climb into the hole Saddam hid in).

Mr Spiegel holds a Master’s degree in European politics and policy from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Follow him on Twitter @SpiegelPeter

Margaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan

Media Columnist
The Washington Post

Margaret Sullivan is the Media Columnist for The Washington Post. Before joining The Post in 2016, she was The New York Times Public Editor, and previously, the Chief Editor of The Buffalo News, the largest news organization in upstate New York. 

She began at The News, her hometown paper, as a summer intern. She was a government reporter, metro columnist and city-desk editor. As top editor, she emphasized local enterprise reporting, diversified the 200-member newsroom staff staff, and established the paper’s first investigative team.  

While New York Times Public Editor, Ms Sullivan successfully pressed for the strengthening of The Times’ guidelines on the use of anonymous sources.

A graduate of Georgetown University and Northwestern University’s Medill School, she lives in Washington, D.C. She is a former member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, and was twice elected as a director of the American Society of News Editors, where she led the First Amendment committee.

Ms Sullivan has taught in the graduate schools of journalism at Columbia University and City University of New York.

Steve Waldman

Steve Waldman

Co-founder and President
Report for America

Steve Waldman is Co-founder and President of Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. 

He was co-founder of and and was the author of the Federal Communications Commission landmark report on the future of the news media. Previously, he was National Editor of US News & World Report, a Washington correspondent for Newsweek, and editor of The Washington Monthly. 

Mr Waldman is the author of three books, Sacred Liberty: The Long, Bloody and Ongoing Fight for Religious Freedom, Founding Faith: Providence, Politics and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America and The Bill: How legislation really becomes law: A case study of the National Service Bill.

Alex Wallace

Alex Wallace

Head of Media
Verizon Media

Alex Wallace is Head of Media at Verizon Media. In her role, she manages Verizon Media’s investments in content designed to inform, educate and entertain new and existing audiences. 

Previously, she was Senior Vice President of NBC News, as well as executive in charge of Today — the first woman to run the show’s day-to-day operations. 

Ms Wallace began her career as an intern in the CBS News London bureau and has since also worked with Google, Mic, and The Wall Street Journal. 

She has been honored with 11 Emmy Awards, a Dupont Award, a Gracie Award and a Peabody Award, as well as a John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement from the Columbia College Alumni Association, for which she is a member of the Board of Directors. Ms Wallace is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.



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  • Hear insights from advertisers on how they are changing their models to adapt to the new media landscape
  • Meet leading journalists from the Financial Times and other publications


FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

The FT Future of News will be attended by C-Suite executives from:

  • Traditional and new media companies
  • Technology platforms
  • Software/hardware companies
  • Private equity and venture capital firms
  • PR and advertising agencies

Job Titles Include:

  • Board Director
  • CEO
  • Chairman
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Chief Content Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Innovation Officer
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Product Officer
  • Chief Revenue Officer
  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Managing Editor

Lead Sponsor (1)

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.

Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.


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