Ross Settles

Knight International Journalism Fellow, Malaysia

Ross Settles is a Knight International Journalism Fellow who led a project in Malaysia to integrate citizen journalists into the country's leading independent news site.

Ross Settles managed the online business operations for Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. Prior to SCMP, he directed marketing and business development efforts for Knight Ridder Digital, the online subsidiary of what was once the second largest U.S. newspaper publisher. During his tenure at Knight Ridder, Settles led efforts to invest in and implement strategies using new online technologies: social networking (Tribe Networks), vertical search (ShopLocal), news search and aggregation (Topix). Settles worked closely with local news and business operations to develop new business and distribution models for these new investments.

Before Knight Ridder, Settles led marketing and international development efforts for technology media company Red Herring Communications. Settles began his work in the newspaper industry at Times Mirror; he ran marketing for The Baltimore Sun and led product development for Times Mirror’s online subsidiary.

Settles joined Times Mirror after serving as publisher of the Open Society Institute-funded Open Media Research Institute (OMRI) in Prague. In this position, he oversaw commercial operations for this provider of independent reporting and analysis of developments in Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Settles has spent a decade working and studying in China and East Asia. He speaks, reads and writes Mandarin Chinese. Settles holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies from Princeton University.