DAA 2014: Raju Narisetti, MA’91

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Raju Narisetti, MA’91

Raju Narisetti has crafted a career that parallels journalism’s evolution into digital media and publishing’s move toward a viable business plan. Currently the senior vice president for strategy at News Corp, Narisetti leads the company’s global efforts on issues pertaining to digital newsrooms, advertising, data privacy and paywalls, among others.

But his first job after receiving his master’s degree was as a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal. He moved up the ranks to deputy national editor in 2003. He then was managing editor of the WSJ’s Europe edition, where he established a global news desk.

In 2006, he returned to his native India and founded Mint, which became the country’s second largest business newspaper within its first year. He hired and trained a staff of 200, and later spearheaded a partnership with The Wall Street Journal.

In 2009, he returned to the States as managing editor at The Washington Post, directing editorial teams that won four Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure. He also was responsible for content, staff and digital strategy for Washingtonpost.com as well as the Post’s mobile and tablet platforms.

In 2012, Narisetti rejoined The Wall Street Journal, where he led the digital network. He oversaw development of digital audiences, expanded social media reach and increased the organization’s global footprint in several new languages.

He moved to News Corp, WSJ’s parent company, in 2013.

In addition to his work, Narisetti has devoted time to organizations such as the South Asian Journalists Association, of which he’s a founding member. He is a trustee of the International Institute of Education, which administers global Fulbright fellowships, and the Scholar Rescue Fund. He was elected to three consecutive terms on the board of the World Editors Forum of the World Association of Newspapers