Christopher Adams, Alumnus of the Year 2011


Christopher Adams (BA Russian Language & Literature, 1992) was named the 2011 Alumnus of the Year for his insightful work in finance journalism.

Chris was appointed Markets Editor at the Financial Times in 2010. In this role he oversees markets coverage, managing and editing the FT's news, analysis and commentary on global markets. He also conceived and helped launch the new 24-hour fast FT breaking news service, which went live in May 2013.

Chris joined the FT in 1996 as insurance correspondent. Since then he has been economics correspondent, employment correspondent, political correspondent, leader writer and most recently assistant news editor. Before joining the FT, Adams was energy correspondent and then UK equities correspondent at Reuters, and before that a reporter with Petroleum Argus.

He said: “I loved my time at Birmingham and it was great preparation for a career in journalism... bashing out stories on the old Apple Macs late into the evening, crammed into a tiny office in the Guild basement. The buzz is just the same now."