Marcus Brauchli
Managing Director, North Base Media, Washington, DC
2024 Speaker

Marcus Brauchli is co-founder of North Base Media, which invests in and advises media and technology startups. Its portfolio includes digital media in Indonesia, India, the UAE and Mexico, as well as global brands like Minute Media, Atlas Obscura, and media-tech platforms like Piano, OpenSlate and Capsule Video. One of NBM’s first investments was in Rappler, whose founder, Maria Ressa, won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Brauchli is a director of Rzeczpospolita, a leading Polish newspaper, and of TNL Mediagene, a pioneering independent digital-media group in Japan and Taiwan.

Before co-founding NBM, Brauchli was The Washington Post’s executive editor and a vice president of The Washington Post Co. During his tenure in the newsroom, the Post won seven Pulitzer Prizes and revamped its digital strategy, quadrupling its audience and integrating digital and video content. Brauchli came to the Post from The Wall Street Journal, where he spent 24 years as a correspondent and editor with a focus on China and Asia. He was the Journal’s national editor on Sept. 11, 2001, and helped to guide its Pulitzer-winning coverage that day. Before that, Mr. Brauchli reported for 15 years from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Stockholm.

Brauchli is chairman of the Arthur Burns Fellowship, a U.S.-German exchange program; a trustee of the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington; a director of aiEDU, a nonprofit focused on educating students about artificial intelligence; and has advised a number of journalism-related nonprofits focused on local news.

Brauchli grew up in Boulder, graduated from Boulder High School and is a past participant in the CWA, dating back to 1976 when he attended as a member of the audience.