Sewell Chan is an American journalist and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune. Previously he was with the Los Angeles Times. Chan also worked at the New York Times.
The son of immigrants from China and Hong Kong, Chan grew up in Queens in New York City and attended New York City public schools. The first in his family to graduate from college, Chan graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Social Studies. He studied with a Marshall Scholarship for graduate work at Oxford University in 2000, receiving a MPhil degree in Political Theory.
He began his career as a local reporter in 2000 at the Washington Post. He serves on the boards of Columbia Journalism Review, Freedom House and Harvard Magazine. He is a member of PEN America, the Council on Foreign Relations, and numerous journalism organizations. He was elected to the board of the Pulitzer Prizes in 2022 and in 2023 joined the national judging panel of the Livingston Awards.
From 2000 to 2004, Chan wrote for The Washington Post, covering municipal politics, poverty, social services, and education. He moved to The New YorkTimes in 2004, joining *The Times's Washington bureau as a correspondent covering economic policy.
In February 2011, Chan was named a deputy editor of the Times Op-Ed page and Sunday Review section. From 2015 to 2018, Chan was an International News Editor at The New York Times. In 2018, he joined the Los Angeles Times which named him a deputy managing editor to oversee a team of journalists who developed content for digital, video, and print platforms.
In 2020 Chan was promoted to editor, where he oversaw editorial and op-ed pages. The same year, as editorial director, he examined the Los Angeles Times' troubled history with communities of color and journalists of color, apologizing for the newspaper's history of racism.
In 2021,Chan joined The Texas Tribune as editor-in-chief. He oversaw coverage that was awarded a 2021 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.
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