NYT biz columnist Nocera to join op-ed page

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Joe Nocera, well-known business columnist for The New York Times, will become a columnist for the paper’s opinion pages. Beginning in April, Mr. Nocera’s column covering business and financial policy matters will appear twice weekly in print and online.

For the past six years, Nocera has written the Saturday Talking Business column covering the world of business, everything from Home Depot’s annual meeting to Boeing’s comeback to his offbeat musings about his broken iPod. His coverage has won several awards including three Gerald Loeb awards and three John Hancock awards for excellence in business journalism.

“Our readers have come to rely on Joe’s insights into the often opaque world of business and finance,” said Andrew Rosenthal, editorial page editor of The Times, in a statement. “His knack for exposing unsavory behavior by business and government alike will have a welcome home on the Opinion pages.”

Nocera is the author of “A Piece of the Action: How the Middle Class Joined the Money Class.”

Before joining The Times, Nocera spent 10 years at Fortune magazine, where he held a variety of positions, including contributing writer, editor-at-large and executive editor. His last position at Fortune was editorial director. He was the Profit Motive columnist at GQ until May 1995, and he wrote the same column for Esquire from 1988 until 1990.

In the 1980s, he served as a contributing editor at Newsweek, as executive editor of New England Monthly and as senior editor at Texas Monthly. From 1978 until 1980, he was an editor at The Washington Monthly.