The IWMF Mourns the Passing of Joseph Cochrane

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) mourns the passing of Joseph Cochrane, who was the lead editor on Indonesia reporting for the IWMF’s Round Earth Media (REM) program.  Cochrane, an award-winning journalist with a years of reporting from Asia, was a great supporter of the REM model, working with American and Indonesia journalist partners to produce powerful stories for media outlets in the U.S. and in Indonesia.  At the IWMF, we were continually impressed with Cochrane’s remarkable knowledge of Indonesia and his dedication to covering one of the world’s most important countries that is greatly under-reported.

Cochrane had been in declining health and passed away on November 12, 2021 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  He was 53.

Joe Cochrane covered Southeast Asia for more than 20 years for the world’s leading global publications including The New York Times, Newsweek magazine, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal Asia. He was also a founding editor of the Jakarta Globe newspaper as well as Strategic Review: The Indonesian Journal of Leadership, Policy and World Affairs.

A former war correspondent who did multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Cochrane was the 2016 co-winner of The Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial Excellence for breaking news reporting.

Cochrane is survived by his wife, Yuliana “Ana” Cochrane, and his son, Sean Haekel Cochrane, an extended family in the US and in Indonesia along with his many friends around the world and here at the IWMF who deeply mourn his passing.