Robert Michael Poole

Global Chief Editor, Culture+Travel / Head of Asia at Blouin Artinfo

Within 23 wards, Tokyo, Japan

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Robert Michael Poole's Summary

Experienced editor, journalist with experiencing building and developing media companies and teams. Widely traveled with education and business experience in various countries.

Built the Japan and Korea offices of BLOUIN ARTINFO/ Louise Blouin Media. Manage and oversee the Performing Arts coverage of all 20 bureaus, including the US, Europe, Asia and South America, in 11 languages. Built a team of 35 specialist writers, handling music, film, theatre and dance. Head of Travel for all 20 bureaus.

Worked as Japan Chief Editor for CNN's travel website CNN Go/ Turner Broadcasting, overseeing its development into a leading bilingual media in Japan. A regular editor, producer and writer at Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Associated Press, Huffington Post, Japan Times newspaper etc., focusing on culture, entertainment, celebrity interviews, music (K-Pop & J-Pop) and travel.

Graduated with a BA in Music Management from Buckinghamshire University in the UK in 2003 and Master of Asian Studies from Lund University, Sweden in 2005 including an extensive research period at the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo. Lived and studied in Finland, Russia and Denmark, with experience traveling, researching and reporting in nearly 70 countries worldwide.

Has also contributed to the likes of BBC, Al-Jazeera, Sky News, Le Monde, AFP, CNN International, NPR Radio, ITN News, Australian Radio 2UE, KWQC News as a reporter on the ground.

As a travel writer, contributes to United Airlines - Hemispheres Magazine, American Airlines - American Way, Emirates Airlines - Open Skies, Cathay Pacific - Discovery Magazine, Malaysia Airlines - Going Places, Garuda Indonesia and various other in-flight media.

Specialties: Journalism, editing, team management, CMS systems.

Robert Michael Poole's Experience

Head of Asia and Global Chief Editor, Performing Arts / Travel

ArtInfo at Louise Blouin Media

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Publishing industry

November 2012Present (1 year 11 months) Tokyo, Japan

Managing and covering the Performing Arts scene around the world, co-ordinating 19 bureaus on Theatre, Opera, Music, Film & Dance. Built up a team of 35 leading specialist writers writing in 11 languages. Oversee commissioning, translation, accreditation for major events, image sourcing and CMS system training.

Set up, built and lead the Japan & Korea BLOUIN ARTINFO offices, operating in Korean, Japanese and English languages. As Head of Asia, oversee the output of bureaus in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, the Middle East and Australia. Overseeing all editorial output, including setting up a partnership with Huffington Post Japan. Established a registered Japan subsidiary office as Director.

As Head of Travel, oversee all aspects of, including a thorough redesign of the site, producing and assigning content to our global team of writers, and contributing stories from my own travels.

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Broadcast Media industry

May 2008December 2012 (4 years 8 months) Tokyo, Japan

Freelance writer, editor and contributor to Associated Press TV, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Japan Times, CNN, Interview Magazine, Huffington Post etc.

Arranged, produced and/or edited TV interviews with high-profile celebrities for Associated Press.

Arranged and conducted interviews with Japan's leading music and entertainment figures, many speaking to English media for the first time, resulting in The Japan Times most popular online articles.

Travel articles for CNN and various inflight media (United Airlines, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, Air New Zealand etc).

Notable interviews include;

Justin Bieber
Liam Gallagher
The Jacksons
Johnny Kitagawa
Tokio Hotel (German rock group)
Ayumi Hamasaki (Japanese singer)
Kim Tae Hee (Korean actress)
Girls Generation (K-Pop group)
Aya Ueto (Japanese actress)
A.I. (R&B singer)
Def Leppard (U.K. rock group)
Erika Sawajiri (Japanese actress)
Mao Asada (Ice-skater)
Morning Musume (J-Pop group)
BoA (Korean singer)
Anna Tsuchiya (Model/ actress/ singer)
Crystal Kay (J-Pop singer)
Alan Dawa Dolma (Chinese Tibetan pop singer)
2NE1 (K- Pop group)
Meisa Kuroki (Actress/ model/ singer)

Japan Chief Editor

CNN/ CNNGo, Turner Broadcasting

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; TWX; Broadcast Media industry

May 2010March 2011 (11 months) Tokyo, Japan

Built and managed a stable of 40 freelance writers, photographers, translators and interpreters throughout Japan.

Managed editorial, translation and expense budgets for Tokyo/ Japan.

Conceptualized, assigned, edited, copy edited, loaded and posted five feature articles per week.

Researched stories from 40 news resources in English and Japanese daily to write, edit, load and produce a further two stories every day for CNN Go for a total output of 15 stories per week.

Worked within Drupal CMS and helped develop usability through extensive use and feedback to development team. Work with Adobe for creating article images.

Managed the localization of CNN Go Tokyo into Japanese language.

Taken initiative to find, hire and train interns on CNN/ Turner's editorial standards and practices.

Assisted the arrangement and booking of CNN TV shows such as TalkAsia and CNN Go TV.

My work has also been featured on CNN International’s home page ( and has been picked up by Japan's national TV media, major newspapers and magazines.

Robert Michael Poole's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Japanese

    (Limited working proficiency)

Robert Michael Poole's Skills & Expertise

  1. Editing
  2. Journalism
  3. Media Management
  4. Promotions
  5. Artist Management
  6. Public Relations
  7. Storytelling
  8. Entertainment
  9. Editorial
  10. Radio
  11. Feature Articles
  12. Film
  13. Publishing
  14. New Media
  15. Magazines
  16. Blogging
  17. Music
  18. Social Media
  19. Photography
  20. Copy Editing
  21. Copywriting
  22. Social Media Marketing
  23. Talent Management
  24. Television
  25. Digital Media
  26. Social Networking
  27. News Writing
  28. Marketing
  29. Interviews
  30. Newspapers
  31. Publications

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Robert Michael Poole's Education

早稲田大学 / Waseda University

MA Asian Studies, Feminism & Music


Lund University

MA Asian Studies, Feminism & Music


Copenhagen Business School

Japanese Language and Business


Buckinghamshire New University

BA, Music Industry Management


Joensuun yliopisto

International Business & Trade


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