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MARC LOURDES
Managing Editor, SEA, Yahoo! News Digest
Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo! Singapore
@marclourdes

As the Yahoo News Digest Managing Editor for Southeast Asia, Marc is responsible for overseeing editorial operations of the app in Asia. This includes building a dedicated editorial team from ground up, working in tandem with teams in the US and the Europe to ensure seamless and continuous coverage of international news events as well as with marketing and communications teams to promote and inform the public about the Digest app. On a product level, he liaises with engineering teams to ensure the app remains cutting-edge and constantly updated to fit the needs of the user.

Marc is also the editor-in-chief of Yahoo Singapore. In this capacity, he heads the Singapore media team, overseeing its editorial direction, content strategy and audience growth. He manages a team of editors, reporters and social media managers and handles Yahoo Singapore’s front page, media sites and social media accounts.

In his previous role as the Country Editor for Yahoo Malaysia, Marc drove Yahoo’s position as the country’s largest digital media company (by audience traffic volume, as per Comscore), a key starting point for consumers going online, a powerful means of reaching target audiences for advertisers and a partner of choice for publishers and developers.

A journalist for over a decade now, Marc joined Yahoo in January 2011. Prior to that, he was a journalist in Malaysia, writing at The Star and the New Straits Times. In his career, Marc has focused mainly on maritime and logistics, crime, general news and investigative reporting. He reported on the Gaza conflict from ground zero in 2008/2009 and was also a columnist for the New Straits Times – one of the youngest at the time.

In 2009, Marc won the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship and spendt the better part of that year working as a reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in Missouri. He returned to Malaysia a spent a short stint in the TV industry, working as a News Producer for Bernama TV, before joining Yahoo.

Marc holds ‘A’ levels in Business and Law from Cambridge University and has completed professional journalism courses from Poynter University in Florida and the Missouri School of Journalism. He is also a multiple Malaysian Press Institute award nominee in the fields of international reporting, column writing and investigative reporting as well as being shortlisted for the institute’s Young Journalist of the Year award.