Reuters’ Denyer to be WaPo India Bureau Chief

An internal Reuters memo reports that Reuters D.C. Bureau Chief Simon Denyer is leaving after nearly two decades to become WaPo‘s India Bureau Chief. He has been at the bureau for a year and a half.

Congratulations to Denyer. We wish him well.

The memo…

Update: See WaPo‘s welcome announcement after the jump…Noteworthy lines: As Reuters Bureau Chief for 20 months he has become an “astute observer of the American scene.” He also speaks fluent French and good Spanish.

After 18 years at Reuters, Washington bureau chief Simon is leaving to join the Washington Post as its India bureau chief in late January. We’re really sorry to see him go but wish him well. We’ll be  advertising for a successor shortly.

Simon has done a great job in revamping our Washington bureau in the past 1-1/2 years – a time when financial clients have been intensely interested in Washington and policy.

Working with specialist editors, Simon reorganized the way the bureau worked and focused resources and people on the top cross-asset stories. A series of successful Reuters Summits have helped raise our profile in DC and Simon’s Washington Extra newsletter has become a must-read for decision makers.

“I feel like I am leaving the bureau in good shape, with everyone working together to focus on our top stories and explain how politics, policy and business are linked,” Simon said.

Indeed, the bureau is pointed in the right direction, aiming to produce distinctive stories that make those connections. Stories that ask the right questions and set the news agenda.

Simon started with Reuters in 1992 covering financial markets in London. He helped set up Reuters Financial Television, working as a correspondent, producer and anchor in London and New York, before returning to text as deputy bureau chief for East Africa, based in Nairobi.

He spent seven years in South Asia, first as bureau chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan from 2002 to 2004 and then as bureau chief, India from 2004 to 2009. He will be moving back to New Delhi in February for the Washington Post.

“I’ve had a fantastic career at Reuters and great opportunities,” Simon said. “”The job at the Post is a return to writing and a return to a region I love.”

Jack Reerink
Managing Editor, USA & Canada

From WaPo:

We’re happy to announce that Simon Denyer, the Washington bureau chief of Reuters, will join the Post to become our India bureau chief.

Simon already knows India well; he was the Reuters bureau chief there from 2004 to 2009, directing coverage as India emerged onto the world stage as a diplomatic and economic power. He knows the neighborhood; he was bureau chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2002 to 2004, directing coverage after the Sept. 11 attacks, and he served previously in East Africa.  And he knows the economic landscape; before joining Reuters in 1992, he worked as an economist, focusing on global markets.

As Reuters’ Washington bureau chief for the last 20 months, Simon has also become an astute observer of the American scene. His background makes him ideally suited to elevate our coverage of India, to help readers understand more clearly the scope and significance of the transformation underway in a country that already rivals China in its dynamism and growth.

Simon is a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge; he speaks fluent French and good Spanish. We expect him to start work at the Post in late January, once he fulfills his obligations to Reuters. He will head to India soon afterward, to succeed Emily Wax, who is returning to Washington to join Style, after an impressive eight-year foreign tour in Africa and India. Simon’s wife and 7-year-old daughter will join him in New Delhi at the end of the current school year.

Doug and Griff