Peter R. Kann

Peter R. Kann (born 1942) is an American journalist, editor, and businessman.

Peter R. Kann
Born1942 (age 76–77)
EducationHarvard University
Spouse(s)Karen Elliott House
ChildrenHillary Kann
Petra Kann
Jason Kann
Jade Kann


Early life

Kann was born to a Jewish family in Princeton, New Jersey.[1] He graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.[1]


In 1963, he joined the San Francisco bureau of The Wall Street Journal.[1] In 1964, he was promoted to staff reporter working in both the Pittsburgh and Los Angeles news bureaus.[1] In 1967, Kann became the Wall Street Journal's first resident reporter in Vietnam and from 1969 to 1975, he was based in Hong Kong covering the Vietnam War and other events in Asia.[1] In 1972, he earned a Pulitzer for his coverage of the Indo-Pakistan War in Bangladesh.[2] In 1976 he became the first editor and publisher of The Wall Street Journal Asia.[3] He returned to the United States in 1976. He was named publisher of The Wall Street Journal in 1988.[4] From 1992 until 2006 he was CEO and chairman of the board of Dow Jones & Company.

He is a Trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study,[5]Trustee Emeritus of the Asia Society,[6] and adjunct faculty at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is a longtime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[7]

Personal life

He is married to Karen Elliott House.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e Jewish Virtual Library: "KANN, PETER R." retrieved October 19, 2013
  2. ^ Kihss, Peter. "The Times Wins a Pulitzer For the Pentagon Papers; THE TIMES WINS PULITZER AWARD", The New York Times, May 2, 1972. Accessed August 18, 2008.
  3. ^ "Peter R. Kann - Adjunct Faculty". The Journalism School Columbia University. Archived from the original on 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2009-03-14. A native of Princeton N.J., Mr. Kann graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in government. He began his newspaper career in high school as a copy boy for the Princeton Packet.
  4. ^ "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; New Publisher For The Journal". New York Times. November 18, 1988. p. D 16. Retrieved 2009-03-14. Peter R. Kann was named publisher of The Wall Street Journal and editorial director of other publications of its parent, Dow Jones & Company, in a shuffling of titles yesterday ... effective Jan. 1.
  5. ^ IAS Trustee page
  6. ^ Asia Society page
  7. ^
  8. ^ South Asian Journalist Association profile Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine

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1972 Pulitzer Prize

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Karen Elliott House

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The Wall Street Journal Asia, a version of The Wall Street Journal, provides news and analysis of global business developments for an Asian audience. Formerly known as The Asian Wall Street Journal, it was founded in 1976 and is printed in nine Asian cities: Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo. Average circulation for 2011 was 83,421. Its largest markets in order of importance are: Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, China, India, and Vietnam.

The paper's main regional office is in Hong Kong, and its former editor, international, was Daniel Hertzberg.

The first editor and publisher of the Asian Journal was Peter R. Kann, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Dow Jones & Company.

The Wall Street Journal Asia can also be found at The Wall Street Journal Online at, the largest paid subscription news site on the Web. The Wall Street Journal Asia is also published online in Chinese at

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Um Savuth

Um Savuth (? - 1972) was a Cambodian army officer who came to his greatest prominence during the Cambodian Civil War, where he was responsible for commanding the Khmer National Armed Forces during their disastrous 1971 offensive, Operation Chenla I. The son of a government chauffeur, and the younger brother of politician Um Samuth, Savuth began his career in the Royal Cambodian Army under the regime of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, and became a supporter of General Lon Nol after the latter's 1970 coup against Sihanouk.

Savuth was largely paralyzed down one side of his body, walked with the aid of a cane, and was, reputedly, continually drunk to numb the pain of his condition. This had come about due to an incident earlier in his career in which he had drunkenly insisted that a subordinate shoot a live cat off his head, stating that it was a direct order when the soldier resisted. The shot missed, and part of Savuth's head was blown away: nevertheless, he continued his military career.Under Sihanouk's regime, Savuth (along with a fellow officer, Les Kosem) was closely involved in the formation of FULRO, a guerrilla resistance movement seeking autonomy for the Degar tribes of Vietnam. When Kosem disagreed with the direction being taken by FULRO's leader, Y-Bham Enuol, he forcibly detained him and placed him under house arrest at Savuth's residence in Phnom Penh. Like Kosem, Savuth was also known to be deeply implicated in Sihanouk's secret arrangement with North Vietnam by which weapons were smuggled through Cambodia (along the "Sihanouk Trail") to the Viet Cong.Subsequent to the Khmer Republic's declaration, Savuth rose to the rank of Brigadier-General. Despite assurances, from the Republic's US backers, that Savuth was "better drunk than most Cambodian officers sober", his most prominent campaign (Operation Chenla I) was a military disaster.

In 1971, Savuth wrote to US President Richard Nixon, offering him his pet elephant "Khaat" ("Little Frog") as a gift. Nixon did not respond to the offer, though Savuth's wife told Peter R. Kann of the Wall Street Journal that she was rather pleased with this as "giving away an elephant is bad luck".Savuth was killed in a car accident in November 1972, though Khmer Rouge radio claimed that he had died during an attack by CPNLAF troops along National Route 5. A newsreel of his subsequent cremation (in accordance with traditional Buddhist practices) is still held by the Documentation Center of Cambodia.

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