‘Wall Street Journal’ Puts Two Top Editors on Mysterious ‘Special Project’

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By: E&P Staff

When Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Robert Thomson sends out a staff memo with the subject line “Special Ops,” you know something major is afoot.

Thomson announced to the staff Tuesday evening that two of his top editors will be leading a Special Project (“notice the capital letters,” he wrote). Jim Pensiero, a Journal deputy managing editor, will become editor-in-chief and Gabriella Stern, Dow Jones Newswires’ senior editor for global news coverage, will become managing editor for the WSJ/DJ Special Project, about which the staff — and presumably, the rest of the media — will learn more in coming days and weeks.

“In the meantime, my apologies for being necessarily vague,” Thomson wrote. 

Pensiero and Stern will oversee a large staff and will be tapping the combined reporting of the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. No further details were revealed.

The Journal’s longtime go-to editor for new projects, Pensiero helped create SmartMoney magazine; led the paper’s Process Redesign project in 1999-2000; masterminded Dow Jones’ move into our midtown New York headquarters in 2008-2009; and has led the Journal’s global adoption of the Eidos Methode publishing system since 2008. 

Stern has served for 19 years as a reporter and editor for Newswires and the Journal. For the past decade, she has served as a senior Newswires editor, supervising the Asia-Pacific region from 2006 to 2009 and Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2000 to 2006. Since mid-2009, she has been Newswires’ senior editor on the News Hub.

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