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FT hires Peter Foster to cover Whitehall

14 January 2020: The Financial Times has hired Peter Foster as public policy editor, marking a significant investment in the FT’s coverage of the UK. 

Foster joins from The Telegraph where he has held the position of Europe editor since 2015. He will manage a team of reporters and work closely with the FT’s  award-winning political writers, led by George Parker, as well as Chris Giles’ economics team. 

“I am delighted that Peter is joining the Financial Times,” said FT editor Roula Khalaf. “His reputation for breaking important stories on both sides of one of the most complex issues in UK and European history is based on a wealth of experience and outstanding relationships. Our readers will benefit from his forensic policy analysis at a critical time for the future of the UK.”

Foster added, “I am truly excited to be joining the Financial Times at such a pivotal moment in the UK's national journey. Whatever the precise outcome of the next phase of Brexit negotiations, the UK stands on the cusp of the most profound political and economic transformation in a generation. I look forward to documenting for FT readers this coming period of intense change, far beyond the bubbles of Westminster and Whitehall."

Foster has two decades of experience covering global affairs from all sides of the world. He has been based in New Delhi and Beijing, as well as Washington DC, where he served as The Telegraph's US editor from 2012. He has covered a wide range of major breaking news events, including 9/11, the post-conflict phases in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Sri Lankan civil war in 2007 and the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011.

He is the author of “Facing Facts – Is British Power Diminishing?” examining Britain’s future role in the world with Project for the Understanding of the 21st Century, a Reuters-backed think-tank with a brief to raise the profile public debate on issues of major global interest. 

 

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About the Financial Times:
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For more information, please contact:  
Kristina Eriksson | kristina.eriksson@ft.com

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