Demetri Sevastopulo

Financial Times

Demetri Sevastopulo is Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times. He runs the FT bureau in the US capital and leads the FT’s coverage of the White House and the Trump administration.


Demetri has spent 10 years covering Washington for the FT. He started as business correspondent, spent six years during the Bush administration covering the Pentagon, CIA and foreign policy, and later covered the 2016 presidential race. From 2009 to 2015, he was based in Hong Kong where he ran the Asia news operation and served as South China correspondent.


During his career, he has covered the Iraq and Afghan wars, terrorism, cyber security, Hurricane Katrina, North Korea, the South China Sea, the 2011 Japanese tsunami, Chinese relations with Japan and Southeast Asia, Chinese manufacturing and labour disputes, and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution. Along the way, he has interviewed everyone from Chinese factory workers and Nebraska farmers to Donald Rumsfeld, Steve Bannon and President Donald Trump.


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


Demetri studied Chinese at Peking University and Japanese at Sophia University. He speaks fluent Japanese, advanced (but rusty) Mandarin Chinese and basic Cantonese. An Irish national, he graduated from Trinity College, Dublin. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.