Award-winning journalist Henry Chu has joined Variety as European Bureau Chief. He will be based in the company’s London offices. Chu, who most recently was a top journalist at the Los Angeles Times for 25 years, will serve as Variety’s brand ambassador and oversee the news organization’s team of international correspondents.
Acting as player-coach, Chu will edit and write major features with global impact that span the entertainment and media sectors for the weekly magazine as well as direct the daily news coverage across Europe for Variety.com.
“Henry Chu is a brilliant journalist and consummate pro with a world view,” said Variety Co-Editor-In-Chief Claudia Eller, who was a colleague of Chu’s for two decades at the Times, while he was on the paper’s foreign staff, most recently as its London bureau chief.
“Henry led the charge on many significant news stories overseas, and did it with such amazing skill, exuberance and grace,” said Eller, to whom Chu will report. “I am ecstatic that he will now be part of our Variety team as we continue to expand our global footprint and grow our editorial coverage and business endeavors.”
Chu will be part of the Variety team attending next month’s Cannes Film Festival.
“I’m excited to be joining such a venerable news organization as Variety,” said Chu. “The entertainment industry is truly global now, and I’m looking forward to helping make Variety’s coverage and profile reflect that.”
Chu was a staff writer at Los Angeles Times beginning in 1990, working initially out of the San Fernando Valley office. He covered politics, transportation and education before joining the foreign staff eight years later. Chu was part of the team that won Pulitzer Prizes for the paper’s coverage of the Northridge earthquake and a street shootout in North Hollywood.
Reporting from more than 30 countries around the world, Chu served as the paper’s bureau chief in Beijing from 1998 to 2003, in Rio de Janeiro from 2004 to 2005 and in New Delhi from 2006 to 2008 before relocating to London
In his London post, he guided the paper’s coverage of Europe and wrote on such significant world events as the euro debt crisis and the papal transition.
Chu was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard for the 2014-15 academic year.
Born in Indianapolis, Chu grew up in Southern California and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard.