Robert Thomson, The Financial Times' U.S. Managing Editor, Named "Business Journalist Of The Year" By Top News-Media Journal

Robert Thomson, U.S. Managing Editor of the Financial Times, has been named "Business Journalist of the Year" for 2001 by The Journalist & Financial Reporting (TJFR), the flagship magazine of TJFR Group, the nation's leading independent source of information on the news media. TJFR will present the award to Thomson at its annual luncheon on March 9, 2001, at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.

Highlighting the reasons Thomson was selected Business Journalist of the Year, TJFR Managing Editor Gina Boyd said: "Robert has been successful at taking a very valued institution, and creating a new flair for it in America. The FT is a phenomenal newspaper, and Robert has brought the paper's increasing popularity to a whole new audience."

Richard Lambert, Editor of the Financial Times, commented; "I am delighted that Robert has been named Business Journalist of the Year. Under his leadership, the FT has become a required read in the American market for business news."

The FT's U.S. circulation has nearly quadrupled since early 1997, jumping from 35,000 to more than 125,000. Over that period, the paper has broken a series of major exclusive stories and established itself as the leading source of daily international business news in the U.S.

Robert Thomson became U.S. Managing Editor of the Financial Times in the summer of 1998, taking prime editorial responsibility for the FT Group's ambitious and successful drive into the U.S. market. Prior to arriving in New York, he was Editor of the Weekend FT and Assistant Editor of the Financial Times. He orchestrated a successful redesign of Weekend FT, which became the fastest growing newspaper in the UK market.

From 1994 to 1996, Thomson was the FT's Foreign News Editor, overseeing the paper's extensive network of correspondents, having been a correspondent himself for the Financial Times in Tokyo (1989-1994) and Beijing (1985-1989). Thomson has been a journalist since early1979, when he joined The Herald in Melbourne, where he worked as a finance and general affairs reporter before becoming the paper's Sydney correspondent. In 1983, he was hired by The Sydney Morning Herald as a feature writer.

Thomson appears daily on CNN, regularly on ABC News and has made numerous appearances on "The McLaughlin Group," FOX News Channel, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and a wide range of other television and radio programs.

Thomson is Chairman of Arts International, the not-for-profit arts organization that sends U.S. performers abroad and helps to bring international artists to the U.S. He has written two books (The Judges - A Portrait of the Australian Judiciary; and The Chinese Army), and he has edited a collection of humorous writing (True Fiction, published by Penguin Books). He is also a member of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship Board at Columbia Univ.

About The Financial Times

The Financial Times, world business newspaper, is the only worldwide daily newspaper concentrating on international business. Published six days a week, the Financial Times is written by a worldwide network of more than 500 journalists and has a daily circulation of over 469,000. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson plc, the international media company with market-leading positions in strategic business information, education and consumer publishing.

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