Sewell Chan

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Sewell Chan
Born August 29, 1977 (1977-08-29) (age 40)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Hunter College High School
Harvard College
Notable credit(s) The New York Times, The Washington Post

Sewell Chan is an American journalist who currently serves as The New York Times international news editor, for which he has worked since 2004. In February 2011, he was named deputy opinion page editor of the Times.[1] He was previously a Washington correspondent covering economic policy.[2] From 2007 to 2009, he was the founding bureau chief of City Room, the newspaper's local news blog.[3]

Chan is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute[4] and has been honored with a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.[5] Chan is also a recipient of the German Marshall Fund of the United States's Marshall Memorial Fellowship.

Early life and education[edit]

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.[6] His father was a taxi cab driver. He graduated from Harvard College with a A.B. in Social Studies in 1998 and won a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study at Oxford University.[7] He received his MPhil in Politics in 2000.[8] He interned for The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1995, The Wall Street Journal in 1996, and The Washington Post in 1997 and 1999.[8]


From 2000 to 2004, Chan wrote for The Washington Post, where he covered municipal politics, poverty and social services, and education. He was the author of a four-part investigative series about the treatment of juvenile delinquents in the District of Columbia,[9] and won praise from the Society for American Archivists for his investigation into conditions at the District of Columbia Archives.[10] He also covered the conflict in Iraq for the Post's Baghdad bureau.[11]

After moving to The New York Times in 2004, Chan developed a reputation as a prolific reporter.[12] He reported on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,[13] the 2005 transit strike,[14] and the 2008 papal visit of Benedict XVI.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Romenesko, Jim (February 18, 2011). "Chan Named NYT Deputy Op-Ed Editor". Poynter Institute. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  2. ^ Calderone, Michael (January 8, 2010). "NYT's Chan heads to D.C.; joins economics team". The Politico. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  3. ^ Ernst, Amanda (January 8, 2010). "Times New York Metro Desk Gives Fond Farewell To Chan, Welcomes Newman". Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  4. ^ "Poynter Names Six New Members to National Advisory Board" (Press release). The Poynter Institute. January 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Carter Center Awards Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism for 2003-2004 that he failed to complete" (Press release). The Carter Center. July 11, 2003. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  6. ^ "Changing of the Guard at City Room". The New York Times. January 8, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Son of Cab Driver Is Among 40 To Win Marshall Scholarships". The New York Times. December 12, 1997. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  8. ^ a b Davis, Noah (April 29, 2009). "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, SEWELL CHAN, NEW YORK TIMES CITY ROOM BUREAU CHIEF?". Mediabistro. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Metro Series: Homes of Last Resort". The Washington Post. 2003-06-16. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  10. ^ "Archivists Challenge DC Mayor to Fund Municipal Archives Cleanup". The Society of American Archivists. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  11. ^ Chan, Sewell (May 14, 2004). "Beheading Victim 'Loved Adventure and Risk'". The Washington Post. p. A01. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  12. '^ 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. 
  13. ^ Chan, Sewell (September 27, 2005). "Portrait of Mississippi Victims: Safety of Home Was a Mirage". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  14. ^ Chan, Sewell; Greenhouse, Steven (December 23, 2005). "Transit Strike Ends; The Endgame". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  15. ^ Chan, Sewell (April 12, 2008). "Candles, Clergy and Communion for 57,000". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 

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