Bloomberg departees include Loeb winner, Pulitzer finalist, ex-executive editor

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Rich Jaroslovsky

Here is a sampling of some of the journalists whose jobs ended at Bloomberg News on Monday:

Rich Jaroslovsky was a technology columnist and reviewer for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek. He is a former executive editor at Bloomberg. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Jaroslovsky held a variety of positions at The Wall Street Journal and its parent, Dow Jones & Co. In early 1994, he was selected to help create and launch The Wall Street Journal Online (WSJ.com) and became its first managing editor, with responsibility for organizing and managing its news operation, a post he held until 2001. A graduate of Stanford, Jaroslovsky lives in San Francisco.

Elliot Blair Smith was an investigative and projects reporter for Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C. Assigned to the enterprise team, Smith’s work includes revealing how former President Bill Clinton combined charity, private business and political fund raising in global travels from Colombia to Kazakhstan; the hidden cause of a mine accident in Canada that tripled worldwide uranium prices; how a pro-nuclear trade group secretly persuaded federal regulators to ignore court precedent in shaping policy to thwart anti-nuclear activists; and the flawed financial models of Wall Street credit raters who risked century-old reputations for fleeting profits. Smith is a past winner of the Gerald Loeb Award and other prizes for investigative reporting. He joined Bloomberg in 2006. Before that, he spent nine years with USA Today.

Charles R. Babcock was an editor on the projects & investigations team at Bloomberg News. He came to Bloomberg in 2006, after 30 years at The Washington Post, where he worked as an investigative reporter and
editor. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1990 for stories about ethics abuses in Congress, and a longtime board member of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The native of Louisville, Ky. has a B.A. degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s degree from the  Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He served as an Army lieutenant  in Vietnam in 1969-70.

Chris Burritt worked for Bloomberg out of Greensboro, N.C., where he was a one-man bureau. He had been with Bloomberg for the past 12 years. Before that, Burritt had been a business reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he had covered Home Depot and had also covered the Carolinas. He is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate. For Bloomberg, Burritt had been covering the tobacco companies and some retailers. He actually sent out some headlines on the Bloomberg terminal Monday morning before his work relationship with Bloomberg ended.

Laurie MuchnickLaurie Muchnick was the book editor at Bloomberg News and president of the National Book Critics Circle. She tweeted, “Not sure how to put this so here goes: Bloomberg is cutting arts coverage, including books, so today was my last day there.”  She’s also been the book editor of Newsday and an editor at the Village Voice Literary Supplement.

Tim Homan covered Congress for Bloomberg in Washington, D.C. He had worked for the company since May 2008, and before that spent almost a year at Congressional Quarterly, covering defense, foreign policy and intelligence. He is a graduate of the Medill School at Northwestern. His father is a former Washington Post reporter who covered John F. Kennedy’s funeral.

Bill Koenig was an editor in Bloomberg’s Detroit bureau, where he was the deputy U.S.autos team leader. He helped supervise Bloomberg’s coverage of the auto industry in the U.S. and formerly was the lead reporter covering Ford Motor Co. He joined Bloomberg in 2001 and has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist. He spent 17 years at the Indianapolis Star before joining Bloomberg, where he was also a speed desk editor for two years. Koenig is an Indiana graduate.

Gillian Wee was a senior writer at Bloomberg in New York, covering billionaires. She previously wrote for Bloomberg Markets magazine, covered endowments and investing and before that, the biggest media and industrial companies. Wee recently completed an MBA at Columbia and also has a master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.

Robert Simison worked as an editor on Bloomber’s projects and investigations team. He previously was the editor in charge of Bloomberg’s U.S. health industry coverage and based in Washington, D.C. He joined Bloomberg after a 27-year career as reporter, editor and bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal with assignments in Dallas, Detroit and Brussels.

Phil Boroff had worked for Bloomberg since December 1996. Most recently, he had been writing for its arts and leisure section Muse.

Catherine Smith was another longtime employee, joining the company in November 1997. She wrote for the arts and leisure section as well.