Former BusinessWeek Editor Adler Finds A New Home At Reuters

westlaw.jpgThompson Reuters announced today that departed BusinessWeek editor Stephen Adler is joining the media company in the newly created position of senior vice president and editorial director of its Professional division.

The Professional division of Thompson Reuters, which includes the company’s Westlaw legal database as well as research and info for tax, healthcare and science professionals, is separate from its newswire division. However, the company was quick to add that Adler would “play a central role in helping to leverage editorial content across the organization,” and will serve as a member of Reuters News editor-in-chief David Schlesinger’s “leadership team.”

Adler announced he would be stepping down as editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek shortly after Bloomberg LP acquired the business mag. Adler joined BusinessWeek in 2004 from The Wall Street Journal. He also formerly worked as an editor at The American Lawyer magazine and holds a JD from Harvard Law School, no doubt giving him plenty of experience with Westlaw.

Full release after the jump

Previously: BusinessWeek Editor Adler Heads For The Door


NEW YORK, NY – Thomson Reuters (TSX, NYSE:TRI), the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced the appointment of Stephen J. Adler, former editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek, to the new position of senior vice president and editorial director of the Professional division of Thomson Reuters.

In this position, Adler will play a central role in helping to leverage editorial content across the organization. This will involve designing and editing innovative news and other original, deep content for customers of the corporation’s Professional division, which includes the Legal, Tax & Accounting, and Healthcare & Science businesses, by drawing upon the broad editorial resources of Thomson Reuters.

“We are delighted to attract a journalist of Steve’s talent and experience to this exciting new leadership role,” said Jim Smith, chief executive officer of the Thomson Reuters Professional division. “He is exceptionally well qualified to help us deliver ever-more relevant information to our professional customers. This is a critical role in crafting the next step in the evolution of professional journalism for professionals”.

Adler will report directly to Smith and will be a member of the leadership team of Reuters News editor-in-chief David Schlesinger.

“This is an incredible opportunity with a company that’s leading the way into the future of business information and media,” Adler said. “I have long respected the market-leading Professional businesses and world-class Reuters news team and look forward to working with both.”

Before becoming BusinessWeek’s top editor in 2005, Adler spent 16 years at The Wall Street Journal, including posts as legal editor, investigative editor, and deputy managing editor. At The Journal, Adler led reporting teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes between 1995 and 1999. Previously, he was editor of The American Lawyer magazine.

A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Law School, Adler is author of the book “The Jury: Trial and Error in the American Courtroom”, which won the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association. Adler is a member of the International Media Council, an organization of the world’s 100 most influential journalists, as selected by the World Economic Forum. He also serves on the Board of Advisers of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism.