Phil Chetwynd

global news director Agence France-Presse

Phil Chetwynd is the Global News Director of Agence France-Presse (AFP) and has overall responsibility for both the agency’s editorial strategy and its 1700 journalists. He took up this role in 2019 after six years as AFP’s Paris-based editor-in-chief during which he drove AFP’s visual-led multimedia news strategy and global efforts to tackle disinformation.

Phil joined AFP in 1996 after three years in British regional newspapers and has since been posted in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He reported as a special correspondent from some 20 countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel and the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Phil was also AFP's Deputy Bureau Chief in China for two years. Between 2002 and 2012, he was based in Hong Kong as first News Editor and then Chief Editor for the Asia-Pacific region where he gained widespread experience managing major global stories such as the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis, the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the rise of China. He graduated from Bristol University in the UK and did post-graduate studies at Cardiff Journalism School.

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