The Financial Times has announced three editorial appointments, underscoring its continued investment in producing quality, authoritative journalism.
Christine Spolar has been appointed investigations and special projects editor in London. Spolar will work closely with the FT’s network of award-winning journalists across the globe to spearhead in-depth investigative reports for the newspaper and FT.com.
Spolar’s career in journalism spans more than three decades. She has worked on investigations for newspapers, television and websites, covering long-running conflicts in Iraq, Israel, Lebanon and Bosnia. She was a national correspondent in the U.S. and a foreign correspondent in the Middle East and Europe. She has worked for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, CBS 60 Minutes, Bloomberg News and The Huffington Post Investigative Fund. She was also a Fulbright lecturer in Slovenia and a Kiplinger Fellow.
Michael Mackenzie has been appointed U.S. markets editor in New York. In his role, Mackenzie will lead the FT’s coverage and analysis of U.S. stocks, bonds, commodities, foreign exchange, derivatives, wealth and fund management.
Mackenzie was formerly U.S. markets correspondent for the FT and in 2008 was part of a team honored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers with a Best in Business award for their coverage of U.S. markets and the Federal Reserve. Before joining the FT in 2006, he covered capital markets for Dow Jones Newswires. Prior to entering journalism, he was an interest rate swap options broker for Tullett & Tokyo, serving in their Tokyo, New York, Toronto, London and Hong Kong offices.
Shahien Nasiripour has been named financial and regulatory correspondent in New York. Nasiripour joins the FT to cover U.S. financial regulation. In this role, he will work closely with journalists in New York and Washington to report on how U.S. legislation impacts business and finance, with an added focus on housing and financial firms.
Nasiripour previously served as chief business correspondent for The Huffington Post and as a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Providence Journal.