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Lionel Barber      

Author, Journalist & Former Editor In Chief of the Financial Times

Lionel Barber is a journalist, author and the former editor of the Financial Times from 2005 to 2020. Barber helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organization. During Barber’s tenure, the FT won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards.

Barber has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations and economics. As editor, he has interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including: US President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

Barber began his career in journalism in 1978 as a reporter for The Scotsman. He then moved to The Sunday Times as a business correspondent and joined the FT in 1985 as a business reporter. During his FT career, he has also served as Washington correspondent, Brussels bureau chief, news editor, European editor and US managing editor.

Barber is also the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Laurence Stern Fellowship at the Washington Post (1985), a Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellowship (1991), a visiting scholarship at the University of California at Berkeley (1992), an Eliot-Winant fellowship to lecture in the U.S. (1994) and a visiting fellowship at the Robert Schuman Center at the European University Institute in Florence (1996).

Barber is the co-author of “The Price of Truth: the story of Reuter's Millions,” “the DeLorean Tapes”* and “Not with Honor: the story of the Westland scandal.”

Barber serves on the Board of Trustees at the Tate and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He graduated in 1978 from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University with a joint honors degree in German and Modern History and he speaks fluent French and German.


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Lionel Barber, the editor of the Financial Times, has criticised the UK government's "incredibly inept" campaign to remain in the European Union.
Lionel Barber
Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Barber has helped to transform the FT from a newspaper publisher into a ...
Britain after Brexit: Lionel Barber's lecture in Tokyo
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