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Lionel Barber

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Editor, Financial Times (2005-present)

Expert on US foreign policy and Transatlantic relations

US Managing Editor, Financial Times (2002-05)

Lionel Barber is the Editor of the Financial Times. Under his editorship, the paper has won three ‘Newspaper of the Year’ awards.

Having started as a reporter at the Scotsman in 1978, Lionel won the Young Journalist of the Year in the British press award in 1981. He then went on to write for the Sunday Times before settling at the Financial Times where he has held the positions of Washington correspondent and US editor, chief European correspondent and Brussels bureau chief, London news editor, continental edition editor and US managing editor.

Lionel has co-written several books, including a history of Reuters news agency, “The Price of Truth” (Mainstream Publishing, 1985).

Lionel has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Laurence Stern Fellowship at the Washington Post (1985), a Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellowship (1991), a visiting scholarship at the University of California at Berkeley (1992) and a visiting fellowship at the Robert Schuman Center at the European University Institute in Florence (1996).

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"As the FT’s editor, Lionel has interviewed many of the world’s leaders, including Barack Obama, David Cameron and Wen Jiabao. As well as his US expertise, Lionel is an excellent commentator on the goings-on in Europe."

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