Senior Correspondent and Editor, Gender Issues
New York Times
She was deputy executive editor, overseeing all daily news operations, from September 2014-September 2016, and assistant managing editor for news since September 2011. Ms. Chira was one of The Times’s longest-serving foreign editors, from 2004 -2011, and also served as deputy foreign editor from February 1997-October 1999. She was editorial director of book development from September 2002- January 2004.
Previously, she was the editor of the Week in Review section at The Times since October 1999.
Her reporting career included stints as national education correspondent, Tokyo correspondent and acting bureau chief from October 1984 until February 1989, metropolitan reporter in the Albany and Stamford bureaus, and reporter for the Business Day section.
Ms. Chira joined The Times as a trainee on the metropolitan desk in 1981 and was promoted to reporter in July 1982.
Ms. Chira is the author of “A Mother’s Place: Rewriting the Rules of Motherhood,” (HarperCollins Canada, 1998); and was part of a team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for masterful, groundbreaking coverage of America's deepening military and political challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Ms. Chira received a B.A. degree in history and East Asian studies from Harvard University in 1980, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. As an undergraduate, she was a reporter and later president of The Harvard Crimson. She studied Japanese for a year and a half at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo and at Middlebury College, Vt.
In 2010, Ms. Chira was honored with a Matrix Award, presented by New York Women in Communications.
Ms. Chira is married to Michael Shapiro, a writer and a professor of journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. They have a daughter and a son.