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Sewell Chan is an American journalist who currently serves as a deputy managing editor at the Los Angeles Times. He previously worked at The New York Times from 2004 to 2018 in a variety of reporter and editorial positions.

Sewell Chan
BornAugust 29, 1977 (1977-08-29) (age 41)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Alma materHunter College High School
Harvard University (BA)
Oxford University (MPhil)
Notable credit(s)
Los Angeles Times (2018–present)
The New York Times
The Washington Post (2000–2004)


Early life and educationEdit

Chan, the son of immigrants from China and Hong Kong, grew up in Flushing, Queens and attended New York City public schools and Hunter College High School.[1] His father was a taxi cab driver. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Social Studies in 1998 and received a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study at Oxford University.[2] He received his MPhil in Politics in 2000. He interned for The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1995, The Wall Street Journal in 1996, and The Washington Post in 1997 and 1999.[3]


From 2000 to 2004, Chan wrote for The Washington Post, where he covered municipal politics, poverty and social services, and education. He was the co-author of a four-part investigative series about the treatment of juvenile delinquents in the District of Columbia,[4] and won praise from the Society for American Archivists for his investigation into conditions at the District of Columbia Archives.[5] He also covered the conflict in Iraq for the Post's Baghdad bureau.[6]

After moving to The New York Times in 2004, Chan developed a reputation as a prolific reporter.[7] He reported on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,[8] the 2005 transit strike,[9] and the 2008 papal visit of Benedict XVI.[10]

From 2007 to 2009, Chan was the founding bureau chief of City Room, the newspaper's local news blog.[11][12] City Room was originally conceptualized as "a vehicle to hone and elevate" Chan's reporting, given that he had become recognized as "a powerhouse in the newsroom."[13] Under Chan, City Room was part of The Times's 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking news reporting which led Eliot Spitzer to resign as governor of New York.[14]

In January 2010, Chan joined The Times's Washington bureau as a correspondent covering economic policy.[15] In February 2011, Chan was named deputy opinion page editor of The Times.[16]

In June 2015, Chan became The New York Times International News Editor, London, "leading The Times's real-time news operation there."[17] From London, Chan reported on Brexit,[18] terrorist attacks,[19] and the European migrant crisis.[20]

In August 2017, The New York Times announced that Chan had been appointed the newspaper's first "International News Editor," a deputy position joining the missions of the Express and International desks.[21]

In August 2018, the Los Angeles Times named Chan a deputy managing editor. In the role he "will supervise a team of journalists responsible for initiating coverage and developing content for its digital, video and print platforms."[22]

In 2010 Chan was appointed as a member of the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute[23] and has been honored with a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.[24][25] Chan is also a recipient of the German Marshall Fund of the United States's Marshall Memorial Fellowship.

In 2014, Chan was named to the Out magazine Out100 list of the most compelling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the world.[26]


  1. ^ "Changing of the Guard at City Room". The New York Times. January 8, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  2. ^ "Son of Cab Driver Is Among 40 To Win Marshall Scholarships". The New York Times. December 12, 1997. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  3. ^ Davis, Noah (April 29, 2009). "So What Do You Do, Sewell Chan, New York Times City Room Bureau Chief?". Mediabistro. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "Metro Series: Homes of Last Resort". The Washington Post. 2003-06-16. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  5. ^ "Archivists Challenge DC Mayor to Fund Municipal Archives Cleanup". The Society of American Archivists. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  6. ^ Chan, Sewell (May 14, 2004). "Beheading Victim 'Loved Adventure and Risk'". The Washington Post. p. A01. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  7. ^ Sherman, Gabriel (June 25, 2006). "Byline Beast of N.Y.: Times' Sewell Chan Racks Up 422 in Year". The New York Observer. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  8. ^ Chan, Sewell (September 27, 2005). "Portrait of Mississippi Victims: Safety of Home Was a Mirage". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  9. ^ Chan, Sewell; Greenhouse, Steven (December 23, 2005). "Transit Strike Ends; The Endgame". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  10. ^ Chan, Sewell (April 12, 2008). "Candles, Clergy and Communion for 57,000". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  11. ^ Ernst, Amanda (January 8, 2010). "Times New York Metro Desk Gives Fond Farewell To Chan, Welcomes Newman". Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  12. ^ "'Page One' Excerpt: How The New York Times learned to stop worrying and love the blog". Poynter. July 6, 2011.
  13. ^ "How one blog helped spark The New York Times' digital evolution". Nieman Lab. November 19, 2015.
  14. ^ "Talk to the Newsroom: City Room". The New York Times. April 26, 2009.
  15. ^ Calderone, Michael (January 8, 2010). "NYT's Chan heads to D.C.; joins economics team". The Politico. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  16. ^ Romenesko, Jim (February 18, 2011). "Chan Named NYT Deputy Op-Ed Editor". Poynter Institute. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  17. ^ "Crossing the Atlantic". The New York Times Company. June 8, 2015.
  18. ^ "Bitter 'Brexit' Campaign Could Turn on Record Number of Voters". The New York Times. June 22, 2016.
  19. ^ "Ariana Grande Manchester Concert Ends in Explosion, Panic and Death". The New York Times. May 22, 2017.
  20. ^ "How a Record Number of Migrants Made Their Way to Europe". The New York Times. December 22, 2015.
  21. ^ "A New Role for Sewell Chan". The New York Times Company. August 10, 2017.
  22. ^ "Los Angeles Times Names Sewell Chan a Deputy Managing Editor". Los Angeles Times. August 20, 2018.
  23. ^ "Poynter Names Six New Members to National Advisory Board". The Poynter Institute. January 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  24. ^ "Carter Center Awards Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism for 2003-2004". The Carter Center. July 11, 2003. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  25. ^ "2003-2004 Fellow Sewell Chan". The Carter Center. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  26. ^ "OUT100: Chris Geidner, Sewell Chan, Masha Gessen & Josh Barro". Out. November 10, 2014.

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