Sylvie Kauffmann is editorial director and a columnist at Le Monde. She was previously its editor in chief, in 2010-11. She joined Le Monde in 1987 as a Moscow correspondent, during the Gorbachev years.
From 1988 to 1993, as the correspondent for Eastern and Central Europe, she covered the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the transition of Europe’s new democracies to a market economy. She then moved to the United States, first as Washington correspondent and then, from 1996 to 2001, as New York bureau chief. Back in Paris shortly before 9/11, she returned to the United States several times to cover the aftermath of the attacks as a senior writer. She was awarded the Prix AFRI-Thucydide, a French prize for international journalism, for her series of articles entitled Chronicle of America at War. In 2002-3, she also traveled to Latin America to report on the financial crisis in Argentina, on the election of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Brazil and on the rule of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. She then headed the in-depth reporting section of Le Monde. From 2004 to 2006, she was managing editor of the newspaper. For the next three years, she was a correspondent and columnist based in Singapore, covering Southeast Asia, China and India. Before joining Le Monde. Kauffmann worked for Agence France-Presse as a foreign correspondent in London, New Caledonia (a French territory in the South Pacific), Warsaw and finally Moscow. She also became a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times in 2013.
Born in Marseille, Kauffmann is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques and of the Faculté de Droit et de Science Politique d’Aix-Marseille. She also holds a degree in Spanish from the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, and graduated from the Centre de Formation des Journalistes, in Paris.