Christine Spolar has been a journalist for over three decades, reporting on wars and economic upheaval and directing and editing investigations from London to Washington to Beijing to Tokyo. She was most recently, from 2011 to 2017, the investigations/special projects editor at the Financial Times.
Since 2011, Spolar has directed investigations into tax avoidance, the Libor rate-rigging scandal, austerity efforts in the United Kingdom and United States and Chinese investment in vulnerable eurozone countries since the debt crisis. She also writes about issues such as refugee resettlement as well as produces commentaries, including a podcast on the backlog of Iraqis seeking US visas.
In 2016, 'The Great Land Rush', a series on land development and investment, won the European Newspaper Award for multimedia storytelling and was honored at the British Press Awards for environmental reporting. The series won best online investigation from the US-based Society of Professional Journalists as well as top honors from the Overseas Press Club and SABEW in 2017. The China series --'Silk Road Redux'-- was part of the FT coverage that won Business Team of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2015. ‘The Middleman’ -- the story of one Hong Kong dealmaker with seven aliases who spearheaded China's spiraling investment in Africa – won best investigation of the year by the Society of Publishers in Asia in 2015. An investigation that Spolar co-authored in 2013 -- ‘Death in Singapore’ -- was highly commended by the British Magazine Editors. A series on tax avoidance -- ‘Tax Wars’ -- won an Overseas Press Club award and honors from the Society for Business Editors and Writers in the US. An interactive series on UK budget cuts – ‘The Austerity Audit’ – won best investigation from Editor & Publisher in the US. Coverage of the Libor scandal won honors for innovation from Editor & Publisher.
Spolar is experienced in web, print and television news. She was a correspondent for the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune, where she was based in Washington, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Jerusalem, Cairo, Baghdad, London and Rome. She also lived and worked in Tokyo in 2016 as an editor for Nikkei, the parent company of the FT. As a foreign correspondent, she covered long-running conflicts in Bosnia and the Middle East, reported from Iran, and was bureau chief in Iraq beginning in 2003. She also has worked for websites – she was senior editor at the Huffington Post Investigative Fund in 2009 – as well as Bloomberg News.
Spolar was an award-winning producer at CBS’s 60 Minutes II in the US. One broadcast on the loss of a Navy pilot in the Iraq war of 1991 won an Emmy and honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors in 2001. Another featuring the Lost Boys of Sudan and how they settled in the US also won an Emmy.
Spolar is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School and was a Fulbright lecturer at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She was a Kiplinger Fellow at Ohio State University. She recently completed masters-level digital journalism/computing classes at Goldsmiths University in London.