Alison Smale

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Alison Smale is a British journalist. In December 2008, Smale became the Executive Editor of the International Herald Tribune, after being promoted from Managing Editor, making her the first woman to be in charge of the paper.[1][2] She is now the New York Times bureau chief in Berlin.

The Independent, in an article about the IHT's redesign in April 2009, which Smale oversaw, called her "the most powerful British female editor overseas."[3]

Prior, she had been the Deputy Foreign Editor at The New York Times.[4] She organized much of the paper's coverage of the Iraq war and the war in Afghanistan.

In her reporting days, she was The Associated Press bureau chief for Eastern Europe, where she covered the rise of Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia and changes in Russia.[5]

She covered the anti-Communist revolutions in Eastern Europe and, on the night of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, crossed Checkpoint Charlie along with the first East Germans to do so.

Smale graduated from the University of Bristol in 1977.[6]

She received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2009. In that same year, she was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Bristol, of which she is an alumna.


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  2. ^ "Alison Smale - Executives Biographies - The New York Times Company". 2001-09-11. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  3. ^ "An Englishwoman in Paris takes the Tribune into its digital future - Press - Media". The Independent. 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  4. ^ Robertson, Lori. "Jumping the Pond | American Journalism Review". Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
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  6. ^ "Alison Smale: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Retrieved 7 May 2015.