Demetri Sevastopulo


Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times

Demetri Sevastopulo is Financial Times Washington Bureau Chief, running the FT bureau in the US capital and leading coverage of the White House and Trump administration.

Demetri has spent 10 years covering Washington for the FT. He started in Washington in 2002 as business correspondent. During the Bush administration, he spent six years covering the Pentagon and CIA and writing about US foreign policy. Demetri returned to Washington for a second stint in 2015 and covered Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the US presidential race.

From 2009 to 2014, Demetri was based in Hong Kong. He served as Asia News Editor, running FT’s news operation and acting as global news editor during the Asia day. He also served as South China correspondent, covering everything from Chinese labour to the South China Sea.

Demetri began his career as a currency trader at Citibank in Japan. He later covered the Japanese economy for Bloomberg. He has an MA in East Asian studies from Harvard University where he also taught Japanese and Chinese history to undergraduates as a teaching fellow.

Demetri studied Chinese at Beijing University and Japanese at Sophia University. He speaks near-native Japanese, fluent Mandarin and basic Cantonese. Despite his Greek name, he was born and raised in Dublin and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with a degree in finance.