Paul Beckett Named New WSJ Washington Bureau Chief

The veteran gets a new role.

The Wall Street Journal has named veteran Paul Beckett its new Washington bureau chief.

Beckett has been with the Journal since 1998, most recently as Asia bureau chief. He previously served as the paper’s India bureau chief.

“Paul is one of our most accomplished, dynamic and thoughtful journalists,” wrote Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker, in a memo. “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 is succeeding Jerry Seib, who will take on the role of executive Washington editor and chief commentator early next year.