The Financial Times is bringing in a female journalist to lead its Washington bureau. The outgoing editor is Richard McGregor. Incoming from London is Megan Murphy, who has been heading up fastFT, a digital service delivering market news 24 hours a day.
McGregor will “work on longer-term projects.”
From the looks of her Twitter feed, Murphy likes Cricket and coffee. So any underlings in the Washington Bureau who want to get on her good side early could start by bringing her high quality coffee. (She’s the blonde in the photograph above.)
Gillian Tett, the U.S. managing editor, remarked in a statement on the site, “We have a fantastic team in Washington, D.C. whose compelling and authoritative reporting of Washington’s role in global politics and economics will be more important than ever as the U.S. prepares for the 2016 presidential election. Megan’s experience overseeing the launch and success of fastFT, and her reporting across a number of beats, will add a fresh perspective to the global coverage our readers rely on.”
Tett made a special point of thanking McGregor with her “warmest thanks” for his “insightful and thoughtful leadership of the Washington Bureau over the last few years.”
Murphy came to work for FT in 2007. Before FT, she was a legal affairs correspondent at Bloomberg News as well as a securities lawyer in Palo Alto, Calif. Her credentials are impressive even for Washington standards. She has a B.A. from Yale, a master’s in journalism from Columbia School of Journalism and a law degree from Northwestern. She was born in Chicago.