John Vinocur

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John Vinocur (born 1940 in New York City) is a Paris-based columnist for the global edition of The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Previously he was executive editor of the "International Herald Tribune", and also served as the metropolitan editor at The New York Times.


Vinocur is a graduate of Oberlin College. He currently resides in Paris, France.[1]

Journalistic career[edit]

John Vinocur was a senior correspondent at the former International Herald Tribune, reporting on matters ranging from politics and economics to sports and culture in Europe, Asia and the United States. Vinocur joined IHT as executive editor and served in that post, as well as that of the newspaper’s vice president, from 1986 until 1996.[2] Vinocur came to the IHT from the New York Times, where he was metropolitan editor, in charge of the Times's local and regional coverage. Before that he served as the paper's bureau chief in France (1982–1985) and Germany (1977–1982). In 1968, he covered major events around the world, including wars in Biafra, Israel and Cambodia, for Associated Press.


In 1986, Vinocur was awarded the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting.[3] In June 2008, he was awarded the French Légion d'Honneur by the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy.