Mark Porubcansky, former foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times, has been a correspondent, editor and analyst of international news for more than 30 years.
In an 11-year career as a correspondent for The Associated Press, he was based in Moscow, Vienna and Hong Kong. In Moscow, Porubcansky covered Mikhail Gorbachev’s reforms and the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Based in Vienna, he reported on the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s and Central Europe’s transition from communism, as well as directing coverage by a team of two dozen journalists. In Hong Kong, he reported on the immediate aftermath of the territory’s handover to Chinese rule.
At the Los Angeles Times, he was the lead editor on global projects that won major U.S. journalism awards, shaped coverage of news events and managed correspondents on five continents. Times correspondents reporting to Porubcansky were finalists for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for their coverage from both sides of the Syrian civil war. Porubcansky now writes on foreign affairs for MinnPost, an online news site based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.