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Katie Vanneck-Smith


Katie Vanneck-Smith

Co-founder, Tortoise

Katie's professional bio / interests

Co-founder of Tortoise. On a mission to build a different kind of newsroom. Slow, open and designed for listening. Built with, and for our members. Formerly President of Wall Street Journal and Down Jones with 20 years in media and publishing at News Corp. Passionate about creating a sustainable future for news and journalism.

I’d like help with…

Navigating the highs and lows of start up life. Meeting brilliant people who might want to join our newsroom - for work, conversations, networking. Building a membership community who care about understanding together

An interesting, or unusual fact(s) about me…

Give me a microphone and I’m torn between an evening at Lucky Voice or a session at Aladdin’s Corner.

I live in


A career highlight

Launching the The Times paywall in 2010… defying conventional wisdom of the time ( aka proving the f**kers wrong)




Joined Guild

Feb 04, 2022