"Carlos Tejada loved to discover. As a journalist he explored facts and storylines, with an unerring devotion to get things right, and he inspired his colleagues to follow his lead. As a person, everyone he met was a potential lifelong confidante. He wanted to learn about your crazy stories and tell you his. Carlos embodied the philosophy in life of always saying yes to an adventure, always wanting to see around the next corner and meet the next stranger, essential qualities of a great journalist and a great friend."
Alex Frangos, Europe Finance Editor
The Wall Street Journal
"Carlos Tejada was as close as they come to the perfect editor. He understood how important journalism was, but not so much that he couldn't see the humor, and at times the absurdity, in the endeavor. His booming laugh was famous in newsrooms across the United States and Asia. Its warmth had an inviting quality to it, as if he wanted everyone around him to join and relish the calling that he loved so much.
In Asia he helped develop the careers of dozens of journalists. Even as he tightened superhuman quantities of copy, he always had time to guide rookies and spitball ideas with his veterans. For so many living far from home, he was like family. For me he became a personification of the institution of journalism itself. Ever cautious and committed, he was unstinting in his passion to hold power to account, and to do so with a credibility that demanded to be heard. It was a principle he also applied to himself. No story or task was too small for him to jump on. His careful guidance created some of the most important journalism out of Asia for more than a decade; work that told truths about internment in Xinjiang, the struggle for democracy in Hong Kong, and intrigues at the top of Chinese politics. Much of it won the awards he always said didn't matter. For Carlos, it was the work that mattered. His loving commitment to it, and to those he did it with, has ensured his legacy will live on."
Paul Mozur, Asia Technology Correspondent
The New York Times
"Every reporter wanted to work with Carlos, and I feel lucky to have done so for five years. I owe so much of my career to Carlos — he was always as excited about my story ideas as I was and had a knack for distilling the most complicated ideas into a single thought. He was a master at being a reporter's editor —- he improved every story that he touched but allowed writers to retain their voices. Most importantly, he always cared, telling me once that an editor's No.1 job is to protect his or her reporters. I still hear his voice when I write."
Sui-Lee Wee, Asia Business Correspondent
The New York Times
"In our 17 years of working together at The Wall Street Journal then at The New York Times, Carlos helped me, as well as many other Chinese journalists, tremendously. He was one of my biggest cheerleaders. When I joined The Wall Street Journal as a news assistant in New York in 2004, I could barely speak English. He was the first editor who really saw me. He told me that with my experiences I was overqualified to staple news skeds. He gave me the courage to ask to do reporting. Reporters who worked with Carlos at both the Times and the Journal knew that we were the lucky ones to have an editor as intelligent, knowledgeable and fairmined as he was. It was a delight to be edited by Carlos. When I wrote about Dr. Zhang Wenhong, a Dr. Fauci-like figure in China, I had a line that said some Chinese women admired him so much that they called him "Nanshen"(男神). Carlos and I went back and forth on the translation between “male god,” “prince charming” and settled on “Mr. Perfect.” I wish I kept some of his editing comments. They made me smile."
Li Yuan, Columnist
The New York Times