Peter R. Kann | Columbia Journalism School

Peter R. Kann

Adjunct Faculty


Peter R. Kann is the former chairman of Dow Jones & Company and editorial director of Dow Jones’ publications.

In 1967, Mr. Kann became The Journal’s first resident reporter in Vietnam. From 1969 through 1975, he continued to cover the Vietnam War, as well as other events across Asia, as a roving reporter based in Hong Kong. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for distinguished reporting on international affairs for his coverage of the 1971 India-Pakistan War.

In 1976, Mr. Kann was named the first publisher and editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal, headquartered in Hong Kong. After 12 years in Asia, Mr. Kann returned to the U.S. in 1979, and in 1980 he was named associate publisher of The Journal and a vice president of Dow Jones. Later that year he was named president and chief operating officer of Dow Jones. He became chief executive officer in January 1991 and served in that role through January 2006. He served as the Journal’s publisher from 1989 until July 2002.

Mr. Kann is a member of the board of trustees of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton. He is a former member of the Pulitzer Prize board.

A native of Princeton N.J., Mr. Kann graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in government. He began his newspaper career in high school as a copy boy for the Princeton Packet.