[PROFILE] Howard Chua-Eoan / News Director at TIME
- HOWARD G. CHUA-EOAN
News Director, TIME
Howard Chua-Eoan was an Assistant Managing Editor for TIME and was
responsible for both breaking news and religion stories until
January 2002 when he became News Director. He was also editor
of "Heroes & Inspirations," the fifth in the series of six TIME 100:
People of the Century issues which profiled the 100 most influential
individuals of the past 100 years.
The weekend editor for the magazine, Chua-Eoan was on duty on Aug.
30, 1997 when news broke of the accident that took Princess Diana's
life. He edited and co-wrote stories and organized the 16-hour
effort that completely revamped 20 pages of the issue and resulted
in the dramatic overnight cover change. Chua-Eoan was also deeply
involved in the commemorative issue produced by the magazine the
following week that included not only a 40-page tribute to Diana but
a six-page appreciation of Mother Teresa that Chua-Eoan wrote. The
two Diana covers hold the record for the most copies of TIME sold on
the newsstand. Chua-Eoan has appeared on Fox Network News,
Entertainment Tonight, Larry King Live and MSNBC. He is the
recipient of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency Pass
Award for his cover story on "The Gun in America" in 1997.
Chua-Eoan started at TIME as an editorial assistant in May 1983. He
became a reporter-researcher a year later. In November 1986, he was
named a staff writer for TIME, working primarily for the
magazine's "Nation," "World" and "People" sections. He joined TIME
International as a staff writer in May 1989 and in June 1990 became
an associate editor there. His stories included June 1989 cover
story on the Tianamen massacre and the April 1991 cover story on
Saddam Hussein's attack on the Kurds.
In November 1991, Chua-Eoan joined People magazine as a senior
editor. His stories there included covers on Hillary Clinton and
Tipper Gore, Mike Tyson, Woody Allen and the death of Arthur Ashe.
At People magazine, Chua-Eoan was in charge of the Upfront section.
In May 1993, Chua-Eoan returned to TIME as editor of the "Society"
section, overseeing stories on crime, religion, law and social
issues. Since then, Chua-Eoan has been senior editor of the "Nation"
and "World" sections. He was editor of TIME's 1994 Man of the Year
cover stories on Pope John Paul II. In 1996, he oversaw a revamping
of the "Chronicles" section of the magazine, which was
renamed "Notebook." In December 1996, he wrote the personal profile
of TIME's 1996 Man of the Year, Dr. David Ho. In 1997, apart from
the Diana covers, Chua-Eoan has edited covers on the murder of Ennis
Cosby, the Heaven's Gate suicides, the Kelly Flinn scandal, the 50th
anniversary of the Roswell Alien "landings," the conviction of
Timothy McVeigh, an investigation of the wealth of the Mormon Church
and the latest religious and philosophical thinking on Heaven. He
has edited TIME's annual survey of America's 25 Most Influential
People for the last two years.
Born in Manila, the Philippines, Chua-Eoan came to the U.S. in
October 1979, at the age of 20. He received a B.A. in English from
Columbia University, graduating magna cum laude and phi beta kappa
and receiving the John Angus Burrell Memorial Award as the
outstanding English major of 1983. A year later, he received his
M.S. in Journalism from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. He
is fluent in Filipino, Mandarin Chinese and Fujianese and can read
Throughout his career, Chua-Eoan has managed to maintain his own
code of honor even with the shifting tides of journalism. "There's a
lot of compromise involved in terms of writing," he says, "but in
terms of principle, there's none." This code of honor is what guided
Chua-Eoan in his over 16-year stint at TIME magazine. The only
Filipino American editor in the TIME newsroom, Chua-Eaon started
from the very bottom of the newsroom totem-pole. He worked one day a
week as an editorial assistant and became a reporter-researcher in
1984 right out of college. He was promoted to staffwriter in 1986
and became an associate editor for TIME International in 1990. He
left the magazine for a brief year-and-a-half stint at People
magazine, where he was appointed senior editor and covered hard
news. He returned to TIME in 1993, and later became an assistant
managing editor overseeing breaking news and religious stories.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Chua-Eoan came to the United
States in 1979 at the age of 20. He had been a premed major at the
University of the Philippines, but decided to switch to English at
Columbia University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He went on
to receive his master's degree in journalism from Columbia's
Graduate School of Journalism a year later.