Joyce Barnathan

Joyce Barnathan is president of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing quality journalism worldwide.

She helps develop and oversee a wide variety of high-impact programs that combine the best professional practices with new technologies. Under her leadership, ICFJ’s revenue has more than doubled.

Previously, Barnathan served as the executive editor, Global Franchise, for BusinessWeek. She oversaw editorial content, managed product launches, created alliances, and ensured the integration of all BusinessWeek offerings across delivery channels.

Barnathan was also assistant managing editor, responsible for the magazine’s Finance, Economics, Investor, and Lifestyle departments. Prior to that, Barnathan completed a seven-year assignment as Asia regional editor and Hong Kong bureau manager for BusinessWeek. In addition to her reporting and writing duties, she helped launch the magazine’s Asian edition and managed its growing network of correspondents and stringers throughout the region.

Barnathan came to BusinessWeek from Newsweek, where she served as State Department correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief and Special Projects Correspondent covering presidential elections.

Barnathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Chinese studies and a master’s degree in Asian studies from Washington University, as well as a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She is the winner of five Overseas Press Club Awards, including three as part of BusinessWeek's Asia team, as well as the National Headliner Award. She is a trustee of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowships Program and serves on the steering committee of the Global Forum for Media Development.

Geographic Specialties: 

East Asia, Former Soviet Union, South Asia

Areas of Expertise: 

Best practices in journalism, business journalism, global economics and politics, international journalism, media management