March 19, 2015

Kevin Krolicki, formerly the Japan bureau chief at Reuters, will be Washington bureau chief for the international newswire, according to a staff memo from Americas regional editor Dayan Candappa.

Krolicki, who returns from a three-year stint in Japan, replaces Marilyn Thompson, who left the company in January to become a deputy editor at Politico.

According to the memo, Krolicki has covered a wide variety of topics during his tenure as a reporter and editor, including markets and policy, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the decline of the auto industry in Detroit.

Krolicki’s appointment is the latest in a rapid succession of job moves at multiple news organizations as they shuffle staffers to cover the 2016 presidential campaign. Politico, Reuters, The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, The Associated Press and others have all made appointments in recent months in advance of the presidential contest.

Here’s the memo:

Kevin Krolicki, an award-winning reporter and editor, returns to the United States as Washington Bureau Chief, from a three-year assignment in Japan, where he transformed one of Reuters’ biggest and most important bureaus.

There could hardly be a more fascinating time to take the helm of our Washington bureau. Candidates are poised to announce runs for the White House and the Fed may be poised to raise interest rates. Foreign policy has rarely been more complex and hotly contested. And Reuters has made some exciting new hires in Washington on everything from energy policy to regulation.

Kevin, who started his career in Japan when the land under the Imperial Palace was worth more than the state of California, has had a brilliant second assignment in Japan. He was named Reuters Editor of Year in 2013 for his exceptional work on everything from snapping to special reports. Reuters has won regional and international awards for some spectacular reporting, including on the Bank of Japan, the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster and scandals in the gambling industry.

Kevin started work as a journalist near the peak of the Japanese asset bubble in 1989. He spent six years as a market and policy reporter at Knight Ridder (later Bridge News) and became Tokyo bureau chief there in 1995. Kevin helped launch a scrolling market-commentary service on foreign exchange and started the Knight Ridder “Tankan,” a survey of Japanese business sentiment intended to track the indicator compiled by the Bank of Japan. Reuters bought the index in the Bridge bankruptcy.

Kevin, who graduated from Harvard University and has a Master’s Degree in journalism from the University of Michigan, joined Reuters in 1996 as a producer for what was then Reuters Financial Television, and became Asia editor for that service.

He moved to Los Angeles in 2000, arriving as West Coast Equities EIC in time for the dot-com bust. Later as West Coast bureau chief in 2005 he was one of a team of reporters that covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2006, Kevin returned to Detroit, his home town, as bureau chief, just as American automakers began tumbling into crisis. In 2008, he was one of the team of reporters who won a SABEW “Best in Business” award for coverage of GM’s merger talks with Chrysler.

Kevin will report to me in his new role. Please join me in congratulating him and welcoming him back to the Americas.


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Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism…
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