Almar Latour, a 1994 journalism graduate and 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, will become the next chief executive officer of Dow Jones and publisher of the Wall Street Journal, succeeding William Lewis upon his departure on May 15, 2020, according to an announcement from the Wall Street Journal.
Latour’s schedule prevented him from returning to campus for the award until 2016. During his visit to IUP, he met with students and several of his former professors and recorded a video about his career and his time at IUP.
Latour spent much of his professional career at Dow Jones, serving in bureaus on three continents. He began as a news assistant at the Wall Street Journal in Washington, DC, and then worked as a staff reporter in London, Stockholm, Brussels, and New York. After serving as tech bureau chief, Latour became managing editor for WSJ.com, then moved to Hong Kong to be editor-in-chief for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires in Asia-Pacific. More recently, he was executive editor of the Wall Street Journal and, since 2016, has been publisher of Barron’s Group and executive vice president of Dow Jones, according to a Journal press release.
Latour was featured in the summer 2016 issue of IUP Magazine: “Mastering Journalism’s Golden Age, Onetime Dutch Exchange Student Directs Dow Jones Digital Empire.”