Washington – May 14, 2018: Jay Solomon, an award-winning journalist and former chief foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, has joined APCO Worldwide as a senior director, announced Evan Kraus, global president and managing director of APCO’s Washington office.
In his role as part of APCO’s Global Solutions Practice, Solomon will provide expertise on foreign policy, cyber security and national security issues. In addition, Solomon will counsel clients on media engagement and brand positioning.
“Leaders in capitals and c-suites around the world are looking for in-depth insight on increasingly complicated, disruptive issues. Jay is a critical addition to our extensive roster of media and international political experts who can help make the difference between success and failure for our clients,” said Kraus. “We’re delighted to welcome Jay to APCO.”
Prior to joining APCO, Solomon served as the chief foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, which he joined in 1998. During his time with the Journal, Solomon was stationed in Jakarta, Indonesia; Seoul, South Korea; New Delhi, India; and Washington, D.C., covering national security and U.S. foreign policy. He was the first American journalist to uncover secret meetings between the United States and Iran that took place in Oman starting in 2012, and led the news outlet’s subsequent coverage of the nuclear negotiations.
Solomon is also currently a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he is an expert on Iran’s and North Korea’s nuclear programs and weapons proliferation networks in the Middle East.
“There’s never been a more important time to be at APCO; for the stakes our clients face and the critical nature of our counsel,” said Solomon. “I’m excited to join such a dynamic team, and look forward to adding to its collective expertise.”
During his distinguished career as a journalist, Solomon was honored by National Press Club on numerous occasions for his foreign policy and diplomatic reporting. He was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize on three occasions.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and is the author of The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East.
Solomon joins a distinguished group of former journalists at APCO, including Betsy Fischer Martin (NBC), Simon McGee (Sunday Times), Gadi Dechter (Bloomberg), Mike Chinoy (CNN), Anita Manning (USA Today), Shelby Coffey (LA Times, Washington Post) and Kent Jarrell (CBS).