Joe Ritchie’s experience includes more than 20 years each in journalism education and as a working journalist, mostly as an editor in international affairs.
He began his journalism career as a reporter for The Washington Post in 1975, and was promoted to assistant foreign editor in 1977. In 1986 he joined the Detroit Free Press as deputy national and foreign editor, and was promoted to national and foreign editor in 1988.
He left the Free Press in 1992 to become the first Knight Chair in Journalism with the rank of full professor at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla. During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he, directied a multimedia reporting project with six of his FAMU students and six Chinese students from Shantou University. He had helped The Post and Free Press with coverage of World Cups in 1982 and 1994.
In recent years he has also worked as an editor for the International New York Times and its predecessor, The International Herald Tribune in New York, Paris and Hong Kong. He served in 2009 as a visiting professor at HKU’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre, functioning as an editor in residence and helping with several courses.