Carlos Tejada, New York Times associate editor for Asia, dies at 49
“Carlos always pushed me and other journalists to do more stories that showed the human side of China,” Ms. Yuan wrote. “He wanted the world to understand that China was not just an authoritarian government.”
Carlos Ramon Tejada was born on December 7, 1972 in Rochester, NH. Her mother, Carlene (Richardson) Tejada, taught English as a second language and is a former magazine editor. her father, Juan, originally from El Salvador, has an acupuncture clinic in Tucson, Arizona.
Mr. Tejada received a BA in Journalism from the University of Kansas in 1995 and was hired by The Journal as a reporter in Dallas, where he covered real estate and other topics, including some eccentric. One article was about a Kansas city attempt to build the world’s largest Christmas goat.
In 2001, after moving to the Journal’s headquarters in New York City, he wrote about workplace issues in the Work Week column; he became editor in 2003 and five years later he moved to Hong Kong as deputy bureau chief of the Journal. He was appointed editor-in-chief of Chinese news, working from Beijing, in 2011.
“He came from the old school in the sense that he was obsessed with accuracy, clarity and fairness,” said Patrick Barta, a former reporter for the Journal who is now the editor of the Asia company. . “But he mixed that with so much warmth and humanity that journalists have always loved working with him.”
Besides his parents and his wife, a photographer (she was Nora Sommers when they got married), Mr. Tejada is survived by a daughter, Gianna; one son, Marco; one sister, Sara Tejada; and two half-sisters, Marlene Ponce and Isabel Harrison.
Among his colleagues, he was known for his infectious laughter and voracious capacity for work.
“Carlos was the true face of the ‘Editing with ferocity and joy’ mantra,” Yonette Joseph, editor-in-chief of international news in Seoul, wrote in an email. She added, “And it resonated with an energy that made me think he knew a secret that many people take a lifetime to uncover.”