Stephen J. Adler is president and editor-in-chief of Reuters where he is responsible for the team that produces and markets Reuters news and commentary worldwide.
The largest multimedia news agency in the world, Reuters employs over 2,600 full time journalists on the ground in nearly 200 locations around the world. Adler’s team delivers the news — text, photographs, video, insight and commentary — that powers the world’s markets and media, reaching over one billion users a day via Thomson Reuters desktops, the world’s media organizations, and directly to consumers who visit Reuters.com and the Reuters news apps.
He joined Thomson Reuters in 2010 as senior vice president and editorial director of the company’s Professional Division. In this role, Adler built and directed news operations to deliver original journalism and relevant Reuters content to the millions of subscribers who rely on the company’s business units for information products and services. He was named editor-in-chief, Reuters News and Executive Vice President News, Thomson Reuters in 2011, where he directed the editorial operations and news strategy for the company. Adler was named president and editor-in-chief, Reuters in December 2012. Under Adler’s leadership, Reuters has received scores of top journalism awards around the world, including Reuters first-ever Pulitzer Prize for text reporting in 2014.
Before joining Thomson Reuters, 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. As investigative editor there, Adler managed reporting teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes between 1995 and 1999. As deputy managing editor, he oversaw the award-winning Wall Street Journal Online, created The Wall Street Journal Books imprint, and co-taught the ethics and standards course required of all news employees. Previously he was editor of The American Lawyer. He began his career as a reporter at local newspapers in Florida.
A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Law School, 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.” They are currently working on a third anthology, about marriage through the centuries.
Adler serves on the boards of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Columbia Journalism Review. He is also a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum; the Committee to Protect Journalists board of directors; the Council on Foreign Relations; and the Gerald R. Loeb Awards board of final judges. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.