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THE BARON is an open, free and independent website. Its sole purpose is to communicate topical and historical information of interest to Reuters people past and present. It has no connection with Thomson Reuters or any of its operating companies, nor is it affiliated with or sponsored by any other organisation. It subsists solely on voluntary donations. Donations can be made by subscribing to Friends of The Baron or by contacting the editor.

The founding editor and publisher of The Baron was Barry May, former Reuters correspondent, editor and manager. He was a former editor of Reuters World magazine, corporate internal communications manager, corporate publications manager and deputy managing editor; a former Trustee of Reuters Pension Fund; a committee member of The Reuter Society; a member of the Journalists' Charity; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a Freeman of the City of London; a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers; a former Trustee of the Stationers' Foundation; Chairman of The Richmond Society, a civic amenity charity.

The current Editor is Barry Moody, a veteran ex-Reuters bureau chief and editor, who reported from across the globe for more than four decades. He led coverage of the 2003 Iraq war during a seven-year stint as Middle East Editor and was Africa Editor for 10 years. He worked in Italy for a total of 12 years in four different assignments. His other postings included Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Hong Kong, Australasia and the United States.



  • Marcus Ferrar (chairman) - author and strategic communication consultant; formerly correspondent and communications director, Reuters group marketing
  • Tiziana Barghini - former correspondent and editor with Reuters in Madrid, Milan and New York 
  • Martin Davids - had senior roles in Reuters technical development in the 1980s and 1990s and was a key figure in building the organisation's business with financial markets
  • Sarah Edmonds - communications consultant; previously Reuters correspondent, team leader, bureau chief, regional managing editor and general manager in Toronto, Washington, Stockholm, Frankfurt, London, Singapore and Zug
  • Bob Evans - former correspondent and chief representative in Moscow, editor France, bureau chief in Mexico and senior correspondent at the United Nations, Geneva

  • Nelson Graves - founder of News-Decoder explanatory news service; former administrator at Johns Hopkins University's graduate programme in Italy; former Reuters editor, Japan and editor, Italy and Greece
  • Paul Holmes - chief executive, North America, Finsbury; formerly Reuters global editor, political and general news
  • Michael Nelson - author; formerly Reuters general manager
  • Richael Reilly - writing and media training consultant; formerly Reuters senior vice president, external relations
  • David Schlesinger - founder and managing director, Tripod Advisors; formerly chairman, Thomson Reuters China, and Reuters editor-in-chief
  • Stephen Somerville - chairman, The Reuter Society; formerly director, Reuters Foundation
  • Tom Thomson - group managing editor, Herald Times Group; formerly managing editor, Reuters
  • David Ure - trustee of several charities; formerly strategy advisor to the Reuters board
  • Betty Wong - author and consultant; formerly global managing editor of Reuters.


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