John Yemma

Monitor MugsJohn Yemma is the Editor of The Christian Science Monitor, which since 1908 has specialized in thoughtful, humane reporting that helps readers understand the world.

Under John’s editorial direction, the Boston-based Monitor became the first national newspaper to drop its daily print publication and shift to a Web-first format. The Monitor now publishes primarily on its continuously updated website,; in its newsmagazine, The Monitor Weekly; and via an email-delivered executive summary, The Daily News Briefing.

The Monitor strategy is to expand its reach and secure its finances, so that its journalists can continue to publish their award-winning, internationally-oriented reporting in the 21st century.

John was appointed to head the Monitor newsroom in the summer of 2008 after 20 years at the Boston Globe, where he had been in charge of the multimedia news operation of the Globe’s In his time at the Globe, he served variously as foreign editor, Sunday editor, political editor, and had several stints writing about foreign affairs, science, education, and ideas and culture.

Besides the Globe and the Monitor, John has worked for the Dallas Morning News, UPI, and the San Antonio Express-News. A 1974 graduate of the University of Texas, he was a Reuter Fellow at Oxford University in 1994 and a Sulzberger Fellow at Columbia University in 2008.