Chris Cramer

Chris Cramer is senior editor at the Wall Street Journal and has more than 40 years’ experience in global broadcasting.

He began his career at the Evening News in Portsmouth, and studied for his NCTJ exams at Highbury College.

Speaking about his training, Chris said: "I had a tentative start in journalism but my NCTJ training convinced me that a career in media was absolutely for me. I was blown away when I achieved a distinction in the General Practice section as, before that, my only award had been in a fishing competition!

"The NCTJ work at Highbury College gave me the skills and the confidence to realise that my path in life was to be a journalist. And it gave me the grounding to succeed in print, in radio, in television and later in digital media.”

Since then, Chris has worked as head of newsgathering at the BBC and developed the world’s most profitable and widely distributed news channel as managing director of CNN International. He has also spent more than five years in senior executive roles at Reuters and is currently head of global video for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones.

Chris has been involved in the reporting of many of the major news stories in recent history, most notably the Falklands War, both Iraq Gulf Wars, the Lockerbie bombing, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Death of the Princess of Wales, the Arab Spring and CNN's coverage of the Asian Tsunami for which he won a coveted 'DuPont Award'. In 2007 he was honoured by the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) with a lifetime achievement award for his services to journalism.

He was the founding President of the International News Safety Institute (INSI) the global organisation devoted to the ethical treatment and safety of journalists. He is also a Fellow of Britain’s Royal Television Society.

Chris has been committing much of his time in recent years to bringing the industry together in order to ensure the protection and training of journalists who work in hostile environments.

He has also written and contributed to many books. His first book 'Hostage' is an eyewitness account of the 1980 London Iranian Embassy siege when he was seized for two days and released before the embassy was stormed by Britain’s Special Forces.

Chris also continues to write for newspapers and magazines about media matters. 

April 2013