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Kevin Shinkle

Shinkle named AP business editor


Kevin Shinkle, the AP’s deputy business editor for the past two years, has been promoted to business editor overseeing the news agency’s coverage of business and finance worldwide.

He replaces Hal Ritter, who’s now working as the weekend editor at the Nerve Center, handling all of AP’s coverage in advance of and during the weekends.

An AP story states, “Shinkle joined The Associated Press as an assistant business editor at the height of the financial crisis in 2008 and directed AP’s coverage of the global markets.

“‘We are thrilled to have Kevin build on the great success he’s had over the past several years in guiding AP’s coverage of the business world through the most tumultuous of times,’ said Lou Ferrara, the AP managing editor overseeing business, sports and entertainment coverage. ‘Over the months ahead, we will be working to better define what AP business coverage should be for the future to meet the needs of AP customers and consumers.’

“Before joining the AP in November 2008, Shinkle, 48, was business editor of The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. He joined the newspaper in 2000 as deputy business editor. Before that, he was a reporter for Bloomberg News for seven years and The Tampa Tribune for three years. He also worked for The Chapel Hill Newspaper in North Carolina.

“A native of Tucson, Ariz., Shinkle graduated with honors from Hillsdale College in Michigan with majors in political theory and history.

“During Shinkle’s tenure at the AP, the business staff has been honored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers with awards for breaking news coverage and explanatory and feature writing. The Star-Ledger business section was honored by SABEW with its top award for general excellence during his tenure and won a National Headliners Award.”

Read more here.

Joshua Boak

AP hires economics reporter for DC


Associated Press acting business editor Kevin Shinkle sent out the following staff announcement on Friday:

It’s a pleasure to announce that Joshua Boak will join the Business News staff as an economics reporter in Washington. He starts Nov. 11. Josh comes to AP from The Fiscal Times, where he was the deputy Washington bureau chief, covering economics and politics, in addition to editing stories.

Before The Fiscal Times, Josh was an economics reporter at Politico and he worked as the reporter/researcher on “Obama’s Wars,” by Bob Woodward. He has reported for the Chicago Tribune and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio, where he was part of the paper’s prize-winning team that covered the “Coingate” scandal.

Josh moved to Washington determined not to root for the Nationals baseball team, but the lure of cheap tickets and Bryce Harper proved irresistible. He is obsessed with road bicycling and says that he is — according to most audiences — a terrible guitarist.

Josh graduated from Princeton University and earned a master’s in journalism from Columbia University.


AP seeking economics reporter in DC


The Associated Press is looking for a reporter to cover the economy out of its Washington bureau, says Brad Foss, an assistant business editor.

This position has a broad mandate: explaining the economy to readers in daily coverage of government and industry reports, and through enterprise stories. The successful candidate must be an aggressive reporter and critical thinker; someone who can cultivate sources, identify economic trends and write authoritative stories with flair and clarity.                                                       

Applicants must have a proven knowledge of business and economics and a talent for writing clear and compelling stories with rigorous, thought-provoking analysis.

They must also be highly organized, with the ability to multitask, prioritize and focus on detail and accuracy in a fast-paced environment.  The right candidate will be a self-starter and team player. Effective interpersonal skills and solid news judgment are critical. At least three years of experience in business or economics writing is required. The ideal candidate should have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent-level experience.

To apply, go here.

Kecin Shinkle

AP names Shinkle acting business editor


The Associated Press has named Kevin Shinkle as acting business editor as current business editor Hal Ritter moves to news and becomes acting weekend editor, according to an internal memo obtained Monday by Talking Biz News.

Shinkle has been deputy business editor of the AP since April 2011. He oversees the day-to-day operations of AP’s business editors and reporters worldwide.

He joined the AP in 2008 as an assistant business editor, directing AP’s coverage of the financial markets. Prior to the AP, he was business editor and deputy business editor of The Star-Ledger newspaper in Newark, NJ. Under his direction, the Star-Ledger’s Business section was honored five times for General Excellence in the SABEW Best in Business contest and reporters there won numerous SABEW awards. He also worked as a reporter at Bloomberg News, The Tampa Tribune and The Chapel Hill Newspaper.

Shinkle is a Hillsdale College graduate.

Shinkle is a SABEW board member and the co-chair of its fall conference, which will be held in New York on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4.

Christine Rexrode

Rexrode leaving AP for Marketwatch


Christina Rexrode, who has covered retail and banking for the Associated Press for the past two-and-a-half years, has resigned to accept a job covering banking for Marketwatch.com, the Dow Jones & Co. property.

AP business editor Hall Ritter sent out the following message to the staff:

Sorry to report that Christina Rexrode will be leaving us later this month to join MarketWatch as a banking reporter. Christina joined us from Charlotte as a retailing reporter in early 2011 and moved over to the money team last year to cover banking and help out on markets coverage. She has delivered many fine stories that were written with verve. We’ll miss those stories, as well as Christina’s presence in the newsroom.

Please join me in wishing her the best in her new job.

She joined the AP in March 2011 after covering banking for the Charlotte Observer. She had worked there for slightly more than three years. While there, she wrote about everything from shareholders’ fight to block the sale of Wachovia to Wells Fargo to what fewer banks means for consumers, from perks for Bank of America directors and executives to the fall of CEO Ken Lewis.

Before that, Rexrode worked at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, writing business stories and working on the copy desk.

She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Ken Sweet

AP hires new financial markets reporter


Associated Press business editor Hal Ritter sent out the following announcement:

Say hello on Monday to Ken Sweet, who joins us in New York as a financial markets reporter. Ken comes to AP from Dow Jones where he was a copy editor and a reporter. He covered the private-equity industry for Dow Jones Newswires and supervised a team of reporters doing the same.

Before Dow Jones, Ken reported for Forbes and was a business news producer for CNNMoney. His first job in New York was general assignment reporter for Fox Business Network. He joined the network two months before its launch in October 2007 and spent 3½ years covering all the great business and economic stories. Besides reporting, Ken led the network’s social media push and was the lead editorial voice on FBN’s Twitter account.

Ken graduated from the University of Missouri with majors in journalism and political science.


AP Europe biz editor leaving for CNBC


Associated Press business editor Hal Ritter sent out the following announcement on Thursday:

Europe business editor Phill Tutt is leaving us to join CNBC.com as deputy managing editor, international. He’ll be staying in London and will oversee the website’s coverage of Europe and Asia.

Phill joined us while Europe’s debt crisis was raging and oversaw coverage of landmark decisions by the European Central Bank and European Union throughout 2012. His good ideas, strong editing and general steady hand during the tumult have been much appreciated.

Please join us in wishing him the best in his new job.

Greg Stec

Editor on AP biz news desk says hello, I must be going


Greg Stec, an editor for the Associated Press business news desk, sent out the following email to the staff on Monday:

Apologies to Groucho Marx for stealing his line for the subject of my email.
Aug. 2 will be my last day at AP as I start a new life chapter. Call it retirement, if you will, but I don’t plan on spending a lot of time in a rocking chair. I feel it’s time to pursue some projects I’ve been thinking about for a while; in writing, photography, websites, apps and social media. Travel is also high on the agenda.
It’s been a very fulfilling seven years at AP. I started on the old APFN desk in April 2006 and managed to sample a variety of roles–from spot news editing to running the airlines team to doing podcasts on the top business stories of the week. Few other places that I’ve worked have had the combination of opportunities, professionalism and teamwork that I’ve experienced here.
I’ve been a journalist in print, broadcasting and online media since the 70s, when I stumbled into my college radio station and sat down behind a microphone to read a piece of copy I ripped off an AP teletype. Since then I’ve had the privilege of writing and editing many memorable stories for the RKO Radio Networks, CBS News, Dow Jones, Bloomberg News, AP and other outstanding news operations.
My wife and I will be based in New York for the foreseeable future, and I hope we can stay in touch.
It’s been a blast.


AP seeks financial markets/investing reporter


The Associated Press seeks a reporter for the business news department’s financial markets team at its New York headquarters.

This position has a broad mandate: explaining the financial markets and investing to readers in daily coverage and through high-level enterprise stories. The successful candidate must be a critical thinker and be well-sourced among investors, traders and other Wall Street experts. The candidate must identify market trends and write authoritative stories with flair and clarity. The candidate must be an idea machine; somebody who sees stories where others see fog.

The candidate will contribute to the AP’s Money & Markets product. If qualified, the candidate will have an opportunity to write AP’s popular “Of Mutual Interest” column, which reports on news and trends about mutual funds.

The right candidate will have a deep knowledge of markets and finance and a demonstrated talent for writing clear and compelling stories with rigorous, thought-provoking analysis. The candidate will have a proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment. We’re looking for someone who isn’t satisfied to simply inform. The candidate’s writing must sparkle and appeal to all readers. The ideal candidate will be highly organized with the ability to multitask, prioritize and meet deadlines with a demonstrated focus on detail and accuracy.  Effective interpersonal skills and solid news judgment are critical. The successful candidate must be a self-starter and team player. At least three years of experience in markets writing is required. The ideal candidate should have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent-level experience.

Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English language is required. Authorization to work in the United States for any employer is mandatory.

To apply, go here.  For more information, contact Brad Foss at bfoss@ap.org

Mark Jewell

AP losing mutual fund writer to mutual fund company


Associated Press business editor Hal Ritter sent out the following staff departure on Monday:

Sorry to report that Mark Jewell is leaving AP after 23 years to join John Hancock in Boston to write about the company’s mutual funds. As a senior financial writer, Mark will report on Hancock’s international stock funds. He’ll be writing for financial advisers and institutional investors, as well as individual investors in Hancock’s funds.

Mark joined AP in 1990 in his home state of Washington and has worked his way ever eastward: temporary stints in Seattle and Olympia, 10 years as a newsman in Spokane, three years in Indianapolis as a business reporter and the last five years in Boston as a personal finance writer.

Mark has done a great job for us since 2008 covering the mutual funds industry and personal investing. Since early 2009, he has written the highly regarded Of Mutual Interest column, which appears in major newspapers like The Washington Post and is part of the weekly Money & Markets Extra product. He also writes for the daily M&M product and has produced many strong centerpieces on fund trends.

Mark has been a good colleague to all of us in Business News, and we’ll miss him. Please join me in wishing him much success in his new job. He’ll be with us through most of next week.