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Peter M. Tirschwell

Vice President - Magazine Division Editorial Director

Peter Tirschwell joined The Journal of Commerce in 1992 as an international trade and transportation reporter in New York. In 1994 he moved to San Francisco as the paper’s West Coast bureau chief. He returned to New York in 1997 as assistant managing editor, and in March 1999 was appointed editor-in-chief of The Journal of Commerce, at the time the oldest business newspaper in the United States, founded in 1827 by Samuel F.B. Morse. Mr. Tirschwell and his editorial staff oversaw the June 2000 debut of the weekly Journal of Commerce magazine and its companion daily breaking news website, JoC Online. In 2003 he was named Editorial Director for the Journal of Commerce Shipper Group, a unit of Commonwealth Business Media Inc., which acquired the JoC from the Economist Group in 2001. The JoC Shipper Group includes the regional maritime weekly magazines Pacific Shipper, Florida Shipper, Gulf Shipper and Shipping Digest.

In July 2004 Mr. Tirschwell was named Vice President and Editorial Director in charge of the magazine division of Commonwealth Business Media Inc. In that capacity, he has overall business responsibility for eight magazines, including the JoC Shipper Group titles as well as Canadian Sailings, Traffic World and Air Cargo World. He also oversees the JoC Conferences division, which organizes the successful Trans-Pacific Maritime conference, the annual Breakbulk Transportation conference in New Orleans, as well as other growing conferences including Short Sea Shipping, China Trade & Logistics and Trans-Pacific Air Cargo. He worked with Massport in 2003 to create the Liner CEO Forum in Boston.

Mr. Tirschwell has spoken at various trade and transportation events, including the global market breakfast series of the Weissman Center for International Business, Baruch College, City University of New York; Maritime Security Expo; Marine Society; Propeller Club of Washington D.C.; Wescon, and many others. He received the 2000 Media Leadership Award from the National Cargo Security Council, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times, and has appeared on CNN and CNBC. He writes a weekly column that appears in The Journal of Commerce.

Mr. Tirschwell serves on the board of the Seamen’s Church Institute and the New York City 100 Year Association, and is an honorary member of the Marine Society of the City of New York.

He received an MBA degree from Fordham University and BA from the University of Maine.
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