Peter Kann

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(journalist, editor, academic)
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Princeton, New Jersey
Alma materHarvard University
Children • Hillary Kann Petra Kann
• Jason Kann Jade Kann
SpouseKaren Elliott House
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Historical Members
Wall Street Journal editor

Peter R. Kann (born 1942) is an American journalist, editor, and businessman. He was the chairman of the board of directors of Dow Jones & Company and publisher of The Wall Street Journal.


Early life

Kann was born to a Jewish family in Princeton, New Jersey.[1] He graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.[1]


In 1963, he joined the San Francisco bureau of The Wall Street Journal.[1] In 1964, he was promoted to staff reporter working in both the Pittsburgh and Los Angeles news bureaus.[1] In 1967, Kann became the Wall Street Journal's first resident reporter in Vietnam and from 1969 to 1975, he was based in Hong Kong covering the Vietnam War and other events in Asia.[1]

In 1972, he earned a Pulitzer for his coverage of the Indo-Pakistan War in Bangladesh.[2] In 1976 he became the first editor and publisher of The Wall Street Journal Asia.[3] He returned to the United States in 1976. He was named publisher of The Wall Street Journal in 1988.[4]

From 1992 until 2006, when he retired, he was CEO and chairman of the board of Dow Jones & Company.

He is a Trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study,[5]Trustee Emeritus of the Asia Society,[6] and adjunct faculty at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and the Aspen Institute. He is a longtime member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Personal life

He is married to Karen Elliott House.[7]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/19958 June 199511 June 1995Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
The 43rd Bilderberg. Held at the Burgenstock Hotel in Burgenstock, Switzerland.