Peter R. Kann

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Peter R. Kann
Born1942 (age 75–76)
EducationHarvard University
Spouse(s)Karen Elliott House
ChildrenHillary Kann
Petra Kann
Jason Kann
Jade Kann

Peter R. Kann (born 1942) is an American journalist, editor, and businessman.


Early life[edit]

Kann was born to a Jewish family in Princeton, New Jersey.[1] He graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.[1]


In 1963, he joined the San Francisco bureau of The Wall Street Journal.[1] In 1964, he was promoted to staff reporter working in both the Pittsburgh and Los Angeles news bureaus.[1] In 1967, Kann became the Wall Street Journal's first resident reporter in Vietnam and from 1969 to 1975, he was based in Hong Kong covering the Vietnam War and other events in Asia.[1] In 1972, he earned a Pulitzer for his coverage of the Indo-Pakistan War in Bangladesh.[2] In 1976 he became the first editor and publisher of The Wall Street Journal Asia.[3] He returned to the United States in 1976. He was named publisher of The Wall Street Journal in 1988.[4] From 1992 until 2006 he was CEO and chairman of the board of Dow Jones & Company.

He is a Trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study,[5]Trustee Emeritus of the Asia Society,[6] and adjunct faculty at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is a longtime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Karen Elliott House.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e Jewish Virtual Library: "KANN, PETER R." retrieved October 19, 2013
  2. ^ Kihss, Peter. "The Times Wins a Pulitzer For the Pentagon Papers; THE TIMES WINS PULITZER AWARD", The New York Times, May 2, 1972. Accessed August 18, 2008.
  3. ^ "Peter R. Kann - Adjunct Faculty". The Journalism School Columbia University. Archived from the original on 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2009-03-14. A native of Princeton N.J., Mr. Kann graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in government. He began his newspaper career in high school as a copy boy for the Princeton Packet.
  4. ^ "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; New Publisher For The Journal". New York Times. November 18, 1988. p. D 16. Retrieved 2009-03-14. Peter R. Kann was named publisher of The Wall Street Journal and editorial director of other publications of its parent, Dow Jones & Company, in a shuffling of titles yesterday ... effective Jan. 1.
  5. ^ IAS Trustee page
  6. ^ Asia Society page
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  8. ^ South Asian Journalist Association profile Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine.

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