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Portland Press Herald

How a Maine newspaper is increasing its business news coverage


The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram has been amplifying its business coverage through key hires and a realignment of resources.

Earlier this month, the Press Herald hired me, former editor of Mainebiz, as business editor. Two weeks prior, veteran business reporter Whit Richardson joined the reporting staff, bringing the newspaper’s complement of business journalists to seven.

“Business news is a core component of any great newspaper, and we want to provide the broadest, deepest, most comprehensive business coverage in Maine,” said Steve Greenlee, managing editor. “That starts with hiring the best business journalists you can find, and we have done exactly that.”

The 40,000-circulation newspaper focuses on southern Maine and offers its readers in-depth business coverage of key Maine industries such as tourism, fishing and forest products, as well as southern Maine’s growing composites and technology cluster.

Richardson has focused on business reporting since 2007, and most recently was business editor for the Bangor Daily News. I spent five-and-a-half years at Mainebiz, a statewide, business-to-business publication, and five years before that as business reporter for the Sun Journal in Lewiston, Maine.

Rounding out the business team are J. Craig Anderson, formerly a business reporter with the Arizona Republic and the Business Journal of Phoenix; Jessica B. Hall, a 17-year veteran of Reuters, and longtime Press Herald reporters Tux Turkel,  Edward D. Murphy and Tom Bell.

Coultas has been a journalist for 30 years, spending the last eight reporting and writing about Maine businesses. As Mainebiz editor, she was responsible for all the editorial content published in print and online, and oversaw the editorial content of Mainebiz events and recognition programs. She has a special interest in reporting on banking, manufacturing and the Lewiston-Auburn area, where she spent 22 years of her career.

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Reuters hires new Fed reporter


Reuters Washington bureau chief Marilyn Thompson and Washington economics editor Tim Ahmann sent out the following announcement on Monday:

We are pleased to announce that Howard Schneider, who until recently was at the Washington Post, will join us on April 21 to help lead our Federal Reserve coverage. Howard has been covering international economics for the Post for the past four years with stories ranging from trade and the euro zone crisis to the International Monetary Fund and U.S.-China economic relations. He has extensive experience in both economics and international affairs.

In more than 25 years at the Post, he has led coverage from Jerusalem, Cairo and Toronto, and has served as both economics editor and local business editor. He started at the Post as a Metro staff writer, and has taught journalism and writing. He is currently working towards a Masters in applied economics.

He will join Michael Flaherty, whose appointment was previously announced, in leading our Fed coverage from Washington. The appointment brings our U.S. central bank reporting team up to full strength and positions us to deliver the insightful coverage our clients demand.

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WSJ real estate reporter Wotapka joins PR firm


Dawn Wotapka, a real estate reporter for The Wall Street Journal who left the paper last month, has joined a New York-based public relations firm.

She will be an associate vice president at Rubenstein Associates, a 60-year-old Manhattan-based agency.  Wotapka will work in the firm’s expanding real estate practice headed by Steve Solomon.

“With her great knowledge and understanding of the real estate industry and how it works, Dawn is a terrific addition to our multi-faceted practice,” stated Solomon, in a statement.  “We, as well as many of our clients, are excited to welcome her aboard.”

For the past seven years, Wotapka covered a variety of real estate beats, including home builders, residential developers and owners, and student housing operators, and monitored corporate earnings and SEC filings for both the Journal and the Dow Jones Newswires.  Most recently, she wrote cover stories and helped with multimedia features for “Mansion,” the Journal’s weekly luxury real estate section.

Prior to joining the Journal, Wotapka was a real estate reporter for Long Island Business News, and before that, covered government and transportation for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

During her career, she won a 2007 “Ace” award for her coverage of WCI Communities; an award from the NY State Society of CPA’s for her 2009 series “Lurking in the Balance Sheet” and an honorable mention for “Best Body of Work” from NAREE in 2011.  She is credited with two front-page “A-Heds”, considered the Journal’s highest quality prose.

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Bloomberg View hires El-Erian as daily columnist


Bloomberg View announced Monday that Mohamed A. El-Erian is joining the opinion and analysis site as a daily columnist covering economic developments, policy and financial markets.

“Mohamed is one of the world’s most highly-regarded financial and economic observers — and he’s also a wonderful writer,” said David Shipley, the senior executive editor of Bloomberg View, in a statement. “We’re thrilled that he’s going to be sharing his insights with our readers on a daily basis.”

El-Erian’s first Bloomberg View column, The Dangers of Policy Drift, appears today and concludes that the annual spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank were unsurprisingly a “wasted opportunity” considering that “the global economy desperately needs better steering.”

El-Erian is chief economic advisor at Allianz SE and the author of “When Markets Collide,” a bestseller that won the 2008 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year.

He is chairman of President Obama’s Global Development Council, a Financial Times contributing editor, and the former CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University, having completed his undergraduate degree at Cambridge University.

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Mainebiz names new editor


Peter Van Allen, a veteran business reporter and editor, will become editor of Mainebiz in early May.

A story on its website states, “Publisher Donna Brassard announced in a press release that Van Allen previously worked as a reporter at the Philadelphia Business Journal and business editor at the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J., and the Post-Tribune in Gary, Ind.

“‘Peter has a strong business news background with a small-town sensibility that fits our culture here at Mainebiz,’ Brassard said in a statement.

“Van Allen will succeed Carol Coultas, who in April took a job as business editor at the Portland Press Herald.

“‘As editor of Mainebiz, I am coming into a long legacy of solid business journalism and an engaged base of readers,’ Van Allen said. ‘In the coming weeks and months, I hope to get out and meet as many people in the business community as I can.’”

Read more here.


WSJ putting standards editor in Hong Kong


Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker sent out the following staff announcement on Friday:

I’m delighted to announce that Rob Rossi, currently deputy national news editor, is appointed Deputy Editor, Standards for Asia, based in Hong Kong. Rob becomes the first member of the standards and ethics team to be located outside New York.

Rob brings a wealth of journalism experience to the role, in which he will act as ‘final reader’ for copy during the Asian day (including some early European material) as well as leading standards training in the region and myriad related duties. Rob will report to Neal Lipschutz, the Journal’s ethics editor.

Rob joined the Journal copydesk in 2000 and has held a number of important positions, including editing international news. He spent a year as a deputy editor in the Health & Science bureau before returning in 2008 as Deputy National News Editor.

Prior to joining Dow Jones, Rob worked seven years as a reporter, writer and editor for American Lawyer Media papers in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Born in Waterbury, Conn., (former Brass Capital of the World), Rob graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He moves to Hong Kong from Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife Ellie, two daughters and a rotating cast of pets. He says that living in New York City during three Boston Red Sox championship seasons has accelerated his recovery from also living here during the 1986 World Series in which Boston lost to the Mets. Please join us in congratulating Rob and wishing him well with his important new assignment.

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Inc. hires executive editor, editor at large


Inc. magazine, which named James Ledbetter as its editor earlier this year, has hired Jon Fine in the newly created position of executive editor and David Whitford as an editor at large.

Nicole Levy of Capital New York writes, “Fine has previously worked as a media columnist for BusinessWeek, an on-air contributor for CNBC and a print media reporter for Advertising Age. He’ll start at Inc. on May 5, as Ledbetter announced this afternoon in a staff memo obtained by Capital.

“Whitford has already returned to Inc., where he was a senior writer for the magazine in the mid-’90s, from Fortune, where he was an editor at large covering energy, politics and business.

“Ledbetter, who left Reuters in January to edit the monthly, is currently recruiting new columnists for both the magazine and its website.”

Read more here.


WSJ expands economics news team


The following announcement was sent out Thursday by Washington bureau chief Gerald Seib and economics editor Neil King:

We’re delighted to announce new appointments and hires that will bring added heft and fresh skills to The Wall Street Journal’s expanding global economics team.

Sudeep Reddy is named deputy global economics editor, while Tim Aeppel is taking on an expanded role as the Journal’s senior economics correspondent.

Matt Stiles is joining us from NPR as a data reporter based in Washington, a move that will enliven and sharpen our abilities to unearth new data trends and bring complex policy stories to life.

And two great reporters have come on board: Nick Timiraos, Journal housing reporter extraordinaire, and Josh Zumbrun, until recently Bloomberg’s crack Fed reporter.

Sudeep Reddy’s appointment formalizes and widens a role he assumed last spring, when he joined the editing ranks and transformed our daily economics coverage for the digital era. Sudeep aligned our reporting teams into a single structure to deliver faster and smarter news content across all platforms. He will continue to play a key role in steering our coverage of U.S. and international economics and economic policy.

Since coming to the Journal in 2007, Sudeep has covered U.S. and international economics, economic policy, global trade and the world’s leading economic institutions including the Federal Reserve, Treasury, IMF and World Bank. He is respected by colleagues on every continent from his coverage of the global financial crisis, the euro crisis and international policy summits.

Sudeep came to us from The Dallas Morning News, where he served as an energy reporter in Texas and a Washington correspondent covering business topics in Congress and federal regulatory agencies. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in history and biomedical ethics.

Tim Aeppel, in his new role, will use his deft feel for the country and deep understanding of business in reporting on the many forces shaping the U.S. and global economies. He also will help formulate and steer major projects and leders within the broader economics team.

Tim brings to his new assignment an unmatched reputation for coverage of manufacturing and the industrial economy, as well as for his meticulous reporting and writing. All his skills served the global economics team well for the years he served as bureau chief, directing the New York economics group.

A native of bustling Loup City, Neb., Tim joined the Journal in 1989 to cover Germany—and, within weeks of his arrival, was witness to the fall of the Berlin Wall. He went on to chronicle the reunification of Germany and to become the Journal’s Europe-wide auto correspondent. After moving back to the U.S., he carved out a beat covering America’s factory floors. He is a graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and of Principia College.

Matt Stiles’s arrival in the Washington bureau April 21 will mark a dramatic uptick in our abilities to unearth telling data on the U.S. and global economies, and to tell vivid graphical tales. He also will be sharing his arts with our political team.

New York magazine named Matt one of the country’s top 21 “new media innovators,” lauding the huge databases he assembled during his time with the online Texas Tribune.  One tracked the ZIP codes and per capita incomes of the state’s top lottery buyers, while another dug into the details of all the state’s prison inmates.

Matt comes to us from NPR, where he served three years as one of the organization’s top data gurus and hatched many of its top visualization projects. One application he created on fracking in Pennsylvania was part of a package of drilling stories that won a DuPont-Columbia Award. He was also an arch trainer and mentor to others in the NPR newsroom, a flair he will bring with him to the Journal.

Matt covered cops and crime for four years at The Dallas Morning News, moved to The Houston Chronicle in 2005, and then worked as a reporter and news applications editor at The Texas Tribune before heading to NPR. He’s a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington.

Nick Timiraos, who is wrapping up his service on the housing beat this month, will cover the full spectrum of issues shaping the economy.

Nick joined the Journal in 2006 as an intern in his native L.A. and did a stint for us on the 2008 campaign trail. He went on to earn his stripes as the nation’s top housing reporter. He covered the real estate sector throughout the housing bust and recovery, the government’s response to the mortgage crisis, the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and other developments in housing-finance policy.

He graduated from Georgetown University, where he served as an editor of The Hoya, Georgetown’s premier campus newspaper.

Josh Zumbrun, who has been turning everything imaginable into charts since he joined us last week, also will report on topics across the field of economics.

Josh, who grew up on a hog farm in Indiana, has covered vast terrain in a decade of D.C. reporting. He started on the Metro and Style desks at the Washington Post, where he pioneered the practice of—and the term—hypermiling. (He can explain.) He went on to excel in covering the economy and the Federal Reserve, first at Forbes and then Bloomberg for the past four years. His background includes service as a Citgo gas station attendant and a cook at Hot Stuff Pizza.

Josh, who graduated from Georgetown with a degree in international economics, also served as the editor of The Hoya – a year before Nick.

Please join us in welcoming all to their new posts.

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WSJ Asia names new publisher


William Lewis, the interim CEO of Dow Jones & Co., sent out the following announcement on Thursday:

I am pleased to announce some significant changes to our leadership structure in Asia that will position us for success.

Effective immediately, Mark Pope will take the role of Managing Director of Dow Jones Asia, and publisher of The Wall Street Journal, Asia reporting into me. Mark has done an excellent job of transforming the Asia advertising sales team and building a strong revenue pipeline in the region. Much like Kelly Leach’s role in Europe, Mark will lead our brands across Asia, bringing the local heads of departments together around a set of unified goals to carve out a successful commercial future for our business.

Mark will drive forward our consumer revenue strategy in Asia and in particular will coordinate activities across Circulation and Advertising Sales. Heads of departments in Asia will continue to report into their respective functional global heads, but work cohesively with Mark to grow our business in Asia. As part of this change, Charlotte Lee has left the company and we wish her well in her future endeavors.

To support this new structure, Kamy Chiu – VP International HR will take on additional responsibilities as Deputy Managing Director of Dow Jones Asia assisting Mark in his new role.

I am really confident and excited about the future for our business in the region and look forward to seeing many of you again when I return to Asia shortly. Please join me in congratulating Mark and Kamy on their new roles and wishing them success for the future.


WSJ hires Frosch as Denver-based reporter


Miguel Bustillo, the U.S. Southwest editor at The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following staff hire announcement on Wednesday:

We’re excited to announce that Dan Frosch has joined us this week as our new Denver-based U.S. News reporter.

Dan comes to the Journal from the New York Times, where he reported on a breadth of stories, from the 2012 shooting rampage at a Colorado cinema to the struggles of migrant sheepherders, from the paper’s Rocky Mountain Bureau since 2007.

He previously worked last decade for the Santa Fe Reporter, where he won an investigative reporting award from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies for a series on corruption in New Mexico, and for the rap magazine The Source, where he profiled Snoop Dog and Cypress Hill, and wrote about the lives of young Bloods gang members in Los Angeles, as west coast editor.

He’s not actually a DJ, but admits to having been in a forgettable rap group in the late 1990s at his alma mater, Wisconsin’s Beloit College, a musical pastime he has mercifully left behind. He’s originally from New York City, but now resides in Denver, from where he will cover New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming for us.

Please join me in welcoming Dan to the Journal.