Industry News media
Genre Digital journalism
Founded January 12, 2009 (2009-01-12) in Boston, Massachusetts
Founders Philip S. Balboni
Charles M. Sennott
Headquarters The Pilot House, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Area served
Key people

Executive staff:

  • Philip S. Balboni, Founder, President and CEO
  • Richard Byrne, Senior Vice President

Editorial staff:

  • Lizzy Tomei, Editor
  • David Case, Managing Editor
  • Alex Leff, Senior Editor
Owner Global News Enterprises, LLC
Parent WGBH

GlobalPost is an online US digital journalism company that focuses on international news founded on January 12, 2009 by Philip S. Balboni and Charles M. Sennott.[1] Its stated mission is "to redefine international news for the digital age."[2] GlobalPost now has 64 correspondents worldwide following the kidnapping and beheading of James Foley, an event which has raised questions about GlobalPost's role in sending unsupported personnel into conflict zones.[3][4]

In 2015, GlobalPost was acquired by WGBH.[5]


In 2009 GlobalPost announced syndication agreements with PBS and CBS. As part of the PBS partnership, GlobalPost correspondents began producing video segments for airing on The PBS NewsHour.[6] Additional arrangements with media outlets including the New York Daily News, The World Weekly, Times of India, and Newark Star-Ledger offered news organizations unlimited rights to republish GlobalPost content in exchange for a flat service fee. According to GlobalPost ownership, income from their syndication agreements accounted for more than 12-percent of the site's revenue.[7]

Interest in the site's direct-to-reader paid access options, however, has been lackluster. Within a year of launch GlobalPost had discounted their premium "Passport Service"—which offered access to unique content, but had fewer than 400 subscribers—from $199 to $99 per year.[8] A second price cut the same year discounted the subscription rate to less than $30.[9]


In 2011, GlobalPost's "On Location" video series was recognized with a Peabody Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award.[10]


  1. "GlobalPost Facebook Info Page". Facebook. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  2. "Our Mission". July 4, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2011. (official site)
  4. Paul S. Balbon; Charles M. Sennott. "Our Mission". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  5. WGBH to acquire international news website GlobalPost
  6. Romenesko, Jim. ""PBS NewsHour," GlobalPost announce newsgathering partnership". Poynter. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  7. "The Newsonomics of new news syndication » Nieman Journalism Lab". March 11, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  8. Glaser, Mark (January 29, 2010). "GlobalPost Expands Partnerships, Struggles with Pay Service | Mediashift". PBS. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  9. Mitchell, Bill (July 22, 2010). "GlobalPost to Test 'Soft Meter' with Journalism Online". Poynter. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  10. 72nd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2012

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