2 Top Editors to Depart Wall Street Journal
Two of The Wall Street Journal’s top editors will leave the publication, its new editor in chief, Emma Tucker, said on Thursday.
In an email to the staff, Ms. Tucker said that Neal Lipschutz and Jason Anders, both deputy editors in chief, would depart “after many years of distinguished service.”
“A new deputy editor will be announced in due course,” Ms. Tucker wrote.
Mr. Lipschutz, who has spent 41 years at Dow Jones and The Journal, said in an email to his colleagues on Thursday that “the time has come for me to move on to new things.” He was previously a top editor for the Dow Jones newswires and had been a deputy editor in chief since 2019.
Mr. Anders has worked at The Journal for more than 25 years and was one of the organization’s first digital reporters. He was promoted to deputy editor in chief in 2022. He wrote in an email to colleagues on Thursday that he was at home with Covid but “I’ll look forward to saying farewell in person over the next couple of weeks.”
Their departures are the latest in a string of changes since Ms. Tucker took over the newsroom in February.
Days after she started, Ms. Tucker let go of Karen Pensiero, the managing editor. She was replaced with Liz Harris, an editor who previously worked with Ms. Tucker at The Sunday Times in London.
Last week, Ms. Tucker announced that news organization would no longer use honorifics, the courtesy titles like Mr. and Ms.
“The flood of Mr., Ms., Mx. or Mrs. in sentences can slow down readers’ enjoyment of our writing,” she wrote.
Ms. Tucker has also ended the use of corporate designations, such as Inc. or Corp., in news articles.
Ms. Tucker is the first woman to run The Journal’s newsroom. She has worked for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp since 2007, and became the editor of The Sunday Times, a sister paper to The Times of London, in 2020.
Several weeks after she took over at The Journal, Russia arrested Evan Gershkovich, one of the organization’s foreign correspondents, and charged him with espionage. Ms. Tucker has vehemently denied the accusation and pushed for his release, as has the U.S. government.