|Hong Kong, July 2, 2009 – The South China Morning Post has appointed Reg Chua as Editor-In-Chief. Chua has strong Asia journalism and news media management experience and most recently was a senior editor at the Wall Street Journal in New York. The appointment was made after the resignation of SCMP’s editor C.K. Lau who is leaving to pursue personal interests after a long and distinguished career with the century-old title.
"During his tenure at the Post, C.K. has played a key role in strengthening and improving our editorial operations," said Kuok Hui Kwong, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of South China Morning Post Publishers Limited. "A committed and well-respected professional, he has contributed significantly to the Post and to the overall media community in Hong Kong."
Chua, 48, was most recently a deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal based in New York, where he led development of the Journal‘s computer-assisted reporting capabilities and oversaw the paper’s graphics.
"I’m very pleased to be joining the South China Morning Post and to becoming part of a storied newspaper with a long and proud tradition of high-quality journalism as it builds on its unique position as witness and chronicler of China’s rise on the world stage and Hong Kong’s role in it," said Chua. "I look forward to working with the Post‘s newsroom to cover an important story, build stronger ties with our readers in Hong Kong and attract new ones, wherever they are, who have an interest in China."
Prior to moving to New York, Reg was the longest-serving editor of the Journal’s Hong Kong-based Asian edition, where he steered the paper’s award-winning coverage of the 1997-98 financial crisis, China’s economic development, the rising threat of terrorism in the region, SARS, and the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami.
"We wanted someone with knowledge of Hong Kong and the region as well as strong journalism and management credentials," said Kuok. "We found that in Reg and are confident and excited about his joining our team."
Further strengthening the Post‘s editorial team, David Lague has been appointed as Managing Editor, reporting to Chua. As a member of the editorial senior management team, Lague will be involved in daily newsroom operations, oversee quality and standards, training and special projects. Lague was a news and features writer with the South China Morning Post in 1987-88, and has served as a reporter and editor in the Asia-Pacific region for more than two decades. He has held roles with the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times, and was managing editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. Lague also was the China correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.
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