Paul Beckett has been picked as The Wall Street Journal’s next Washington bureau chief, taking over for current bureau chief Gerald Seib when Seib steps into a new role next year as executive Washington editor and chief commentator.
Beckett, who is currently Asia editor at the Journal, will also serve as deputy managing editor. “Paul is one of our most accomplished, dynamic and thoughtful journalists,” wrote editor in chief Gerard Baker in a note to staff. “In a career at Dow Jones that has been characterized by remarkable range as well as depth, Paul has established a reputation for unflappable sound judgment, penetrating intelligence, warm collegiality and an unrivaled talent with the karaoke mic.”
Beckett has been at the Journal since 1998, and at WSJ publisher Dow Jones since 1990, starting out as a reporter at the Newburyport Daily News, owned at the time by Dow Jones.