Phil Chetwynd is the Global News Director of Agence France-Presse (AFP). He runs a team of 1,700 journalists scattered across 150 countries and drives the agency’s multimedia editorial strategy. He is the first non-French citizen to hold AFP’s top journalism post. Phil joined AFP in 1996 after several years in British regional newspapers. Since 2012 Phil has been based in Paris, first as global editor-in-chief overseeing the day-to-day output of the agency’s journalists, and then moving up in 2019. He is on the advisory boards of Reporters Sans Frontiers, First Draft News and the NewsXchange. He is a regular conference speaker notably on issues around misinformation. Phil grew up in South Africa before attending Bristol University and the University of Wales in Cardiff, where he studied journalism. He is married with three children.
Position: Global Director of News, AFP