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Kam Napier

Honolulu biz paper names new editor


Veteran Honolulu editor A. Kam Napier has been named editor-in-chief of Pacific Business News, an American City Business Journals paper.

He replaces Kevin Bumgarner.

A story on its website states, “Napier was with Honolulu Magazine for 19 years, starting as an associate editor and serving as managing editor before being promoted to editor, a post he held for eight years, until last year.

“Most recently he served as an account director with Becker Communications.

“As editor-in-chief, Napier will oversee all news operations and content for Pacific Business News, including the weekly print edition, and the website, www.pacificbusinessnews.com.

“‘We are thrilled to have Kam join the PBN management team and direct our newsroom and content across our vast and growing platforms,’ Charlet said. ‘He’s an experienced and award-winning journalist, exceptional leader, and has an excellent reputation in the community.”

Read more here.

Patrick Chu

Chu, ex Bloomberg, named editor of SF Business Times


Patrick Chu, who left Bloomberg News earlier this year after more than a decade with the company, has been named editor of the San Francisco Business Times.

He replaces Steve Symanovich.

A story on its website states, “Patrick worked for more than 16 years at Bloomberg News, starting as West Coast Bureau Chief in San Francisco in 1997 before serving with Bloomberg in Washington, New York and Tokyo.

“Chu says he is looking forward to returning to San Francisco and leading the Business Times’ news operation. ‘The San Francisco Bay Area is the most compelling and innovative business marketplace in the world, and I can’t think of a better time to be in San Francisco covering business news,’ Chu said. ‘I am fortunate to be working with our excellent team of accomplished editors and reporters, backed by the resources of American City Business Journals.’

“San Francisco Business Times publisher Mary Huss said: ‘Patrick brings high standards for journalistic excellence, and a passion for great reporting, as well as a keen grasp of business. He is joining us to lead our newsroom at an important time, as we continue to innovate as a digital-first media operation.’

“While at Bloomberg, Chu was also Managing Editor of Global Recruitment and Training in New York, Global Politics and Government Managing Editor in Washington, D.C., and for the past nine years worked at Bloomberg’s Asian Bureau in Tokyo, where he had the roles of Asia Managing Editor, Top News Editor and Asia Billionaires Editor in Tokyo, among other roles at the company.”

Read more here.

Andrea Fuller

WSJ hires digital reporter Fuller


Andrea Fuller, who has been crunching data for the interactive applications team at Gannett Digital, has been hired to work on the data investigations team at The Wall Street Journal.

She will be working with Rob Barry and Tom McGinty.

At Gannett, Fuller used Python and SQL daily to scrape and analyze data on education, weather, entertainment and other topics.

Before Gannett, had worked at the Center for Public Integrity in September 2012 as a data reporter. She previously worked at The Chronicle of Higher Education in a similar role. There, she oversaw the publication’s award-winning analysis of presidential pay at non-profit colleges. She also worked on stories and interactive graphics about a number of other higher-education issues, including student debt, conflicts of interest, and fraud.

Fuller previously interned for The Chronicle, The New York Times, The Hill, and The Asheville-Citizen-Times. She is a graduate of Stanford University.

Matt Stiles

WSJ hires Stiles from NPR


Matt Stiles, who is the data editor for National Public Radio’s news apps team, has been hired by The Wall Street Journal.

Stiles will be an economics reporter at The Journal.

In an email to Talking Biz News, he wrote, “It’s not strictly defined yet, but generally I’ll be a data-focused reporter on the economics team. But I hope I’ll also be a resource for politics reporters and others in the bureau.”

In his NPR role, Stiles is responsible for obtaining and analyzing databases and using them to help the team tell interactive stories on npr.org. He also works with reporters and editors in the newsroom to help them understand the data they encounter on their beats.

Stiles began his career at NPR in June 2011, as the data reporting coordinator for NPR’s StateImpact, a project started to develop state-focused content as well as identify and train public media journalists in cross-platform reporting and digital storytelling tools. Stiles supported the project’s reporters, training them in ways to use data in stories. He also oversaw the development of data-related tools in the StateImpact content management system.

Stiles helped create an interactive application related to fracking in Pennsylvania as part of a package of drilling stories by the StateImpact team that received a DuPont-Columbia Award for member stations WITF and WHYY. Stiles also helped create “Deals for Developers,” an interactive story in partnership with WAMU in Washington, DC. The series was a finalist in the public service category of the Online News Association awards. Other projects Stiles helped develop for NPR include a crowd-sourced database of playgrounds designed to include children with disabilities, a map of the damage caused by the 2013 Moore, Okla., tornado and a database of workers killed in grain bins throughout the United States.

Prior to joining NPR, Stiles worked as a reporter in Texas. From 2001-2005 he was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News, where he wrote about local and federal law enforcement. In 2005, Stiles moved to The Houston Chronicle where he covered City Hall and state government. Then, in 2009, Stiles worked as a reporter and news applications editor at The Texas Tribune, a digital news startup in Austin.

In 2011, Stiles was given a special distinction citation at the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism recognizing his work at The Texas Tribune.

Globe and Mail

Globe and Mail names new business editor


David Walmsley, the editor in chief of The Globe and Mail in Toronto, sent out the following staff announcement on Tuesday:



I am delighted to announce Paul Waldie as the Editor of Report on Business.

Paul is a familiar face to many of you, a veteran reporter and a consummate professional in all facets of the business of journalism, from television to print to digital. Paul has most recently of course been working as European Bureau Chief for The Globe and Mail based in England. His most recent work during that period includes braving the violence of Ukraine and, as an example of his breadth of experience, he became an extreme sport expert at the Sochi Olympic Games.

Paul began his career as an earnings reporter for the Financial Post, had a stint as national editor at the National Post before moving to The Globe where he covered the biggest stories from Bre-X to Conrad Black’s tribulations. He spent a year in Winnipeg covering the Jets and he was heavily involved in covering the financial crisis of recent years. He is the proud recipient of three National Newspaper Awards for business reporting and a National Magazine Award for business coverage. He wrote a widely-praised best-selling business book on the McCain family.

Please join me in welcoming Paul to his new position. He starts tomorrow (Wed) and will host an RoB-wide town hall at noon.

Waldie replaces Derek DeCloet, who accepted a position at magazine publisher Rogers Publishing.

Roberto Ferdman

Wonkblog hires Ferdman from Quartz


The following was announced Tuesday by Washington Post national economy and business editor Greg Schneider, deputy editor David Cho, morning news editor Renae Merle and assistant business editor Ryan McCarthy:

The Washington Post is thrilled to announce that Roberto Ferdman is joining Wonkblog to write about consumer business, the economics of food, Latin American development and immigration. Roberto comes to us from Quartz, where he has emerged as an original and entertaining writer on a wide variety of topics.

Raised in Puerto Rico (though his family now has a home in the Washington area), Roberto graduated from Brown University with a degree in applied math and economics. He had internships at Estudios Tecnicos, an economic consulting firm in San Juan, and at Barclays Capital in New York before moving into the media world. He helped develop a digital strategy and online presence for the Cooking Channel, managed the Food2.com blog, and worked in several production jobs for film and commercials before joining Quartz in early 2013.

What really caught our eye with Roberto is his range. He can analyze the problems with Argentina’s plan to purge its reserves of U.S. dollars, then turn around and explain how Pabst Blue Ribbon became a billion-dollar brand. And follow that up with a breakdown, using charts, of how America fell out of love with orange juice. He also has a lot of thoughts about digital strategy, which we’re eager to incorporate into the planning for Wonkblog’s evolution.

Please join us in welcoming Roberto, who will move down from New York, take a long-planned trip then start at the Post on June 9.

Washington Post

Washington Post hires new business reporter


The following announcement was sent out Tuesday from Washington Post national economy and business editor Greg Schneider, deputy editor David Cho and economic policy correspondent Jim Tankersley:

We’re delighted to announce that Todd C. Frankel will join the Financial section from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as a writer on the new digital data/policy/storytelling project.

Few journalists in the country today write as evocatively, on as wide a range of subjects, as Todd does. He’s taken readers on a detective’s search for the source of a mass shooter’s ammunition, across railroad crossings where trains kill pedestrians without so much as slowing down and into the heart of a tornado-ravaged town where residents swore mystical Butterfly People spared children from the twister.

“Perhaps if there is some tie there, some connection” his former editors wrote in a send-off email, summing up his work, “it’s that stories matter and the only thing that matters is figuring out how.”

Todd grew up here in Southwest D.C., earned an English degree at the University of Delaware and worked his way up a string of daily papers: The Gleaner in Henderson, Ky.; The Charleston Daily Mail in W.Va.; and The Herald in Everett, Wash. He joined the Post-Dispatch as an enterprise reporter in 2003. A few years ago, to keep his skills sharp, he asked to be assigned the Anheuser-Busch beat for a year. On the side he teaches journalism at Washington University in St. Louis.

His work has won several journalism awards, including a National Headliners Award and a Sigma Delta Chi Award, both for feature writing. He was a Livingston Award finalist in 2006 and a member of a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist team for breaking news. His stories have been published in the Best Newspaper Writing book and in the “Next Wave” literary nonfiction anthology.

He will be joined here in Washington by his wife Stephanie Cordle (a Post-Dispatch photographer) and two young sons.

We’re counting on Todd to play an anchor role on the team led by Jim Tankersley, alongside Lydia DePillis and Jeff Guo. Please welcome him to the Post when he starts at the end of April.

Brian Rooney

Bloomberg’s Rooney leaves the company


Brian Rooney, a longtime Bloomberg employee who was one of the early editorial hires, has left the company earlier this week, multiple sources confirmed to Talking Biz News.

A former colleague called him one of the  “most respected Bloomberg news guys and later a guru on the analytics side.”

Rooney has been the core product manager for news for the past eight years, overseeing, among other things, the rollout of Twitter feed availability on the Bloomberg terminal.

He also oversaw the rollout of a variety of $2,000 newsletters available from Bloomberg.

Rooney had been with Bloomberg since 1991 and served within the newsroom as the top news editor, national news editor, Princeton bureau chief and New York bureau chief before joining product development in 2005.

A graduate of the University of Colorado, Rooney is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and a CFA charter holder.

WSJ Europe

WSJ hires finance reporters from Bloomberg, Reuters


Duncan Mavin, Europe finance editor at The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following staff announcements on Tuesday:

We’re very pleased to announce some significant new hires that will add depth and breadth to our coverage of finance and markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Simon Clark joins as private-equity reporter. Simon previously spent 13 years at Bloomberg News where he won numerous international awards. His previous reporting runs the gamut from U.K. banks in the financial crisis to the plight of Congolese child laborers. He holds degrees in English and Italian and International Relations.

Laurence Fletcher will cover hedge funds. Laurence comes to us from Reuters, where he worked for the past eight years in a variety of roles including European Hedge Fund Correspondent. His reporting earned several international awards and has included an exclusive investigation into the collapse of hedge fund Dynamic Decisions and revelations about Bernard Madoff’s U.K. business dealings. Laurence has a degree in English and has also worked for Bloomberg News and Citywire.

Shayndi Raice is appointed M&A reporter.  Shayndi joined Dow Jones Newswires in 2010 and was most recently covering the banking industry for the WSJ in New York. Prior to that she covered the tech sector in San Francisco, reporting on the IPOs of Facebook, Groupon and Zynga. She comes to London with a strong track record of scoops, arriving just as the M&A sector in this region starts to heat up. Shayndi previously worked for The Boston Courant, and has four degrees, including a Masters in Journalism from Columbia.


Mary Johnson

ACBJ hires Johnson as Bizwomen.com editor


Americasn City Business Journals has hired Mary Johnson as editor of Bizwomen.com, its new national news site for women business owners and professionals.

She will begin on April 14.

Johnson comes to Bizwomen from NJBiz, a New Jersey business publication where she served as managing editor. Before that, she was a reporter, producer and editor at DNAinfo, the New York City news site. She also gained multimedia and broadcast experience at stints with The Economist and other titles.

“For me, there is a huge sense of responsibility that comes with being the editor of Bizwomen,” Johnson said in a statement. “I want Bizwomen to be a destination for breaking news, exclusives, in-depth profiles and multimedia content people want to engage with. I also want Bizwomen to become a community for women in business, one where they can engage with others across the country on hot-button issues, but also one where they can weigh in how the site is evolving. It’s brand new, and I want our readers to help drive its vision. ”

Bizwomen began driving that vision April 7 with the launch of its site and a “Mentoring Monday” event in 40 cities across the country where American City Business Journals publishes — local business publications and news sites. Hundreds of women business leaders came together to mentor thousands of up-and-coming women professionals.

That national push to build community among business women is reflective of the editorial mission of Bizwomen.

“Mary is an accomplished journalist who brings to the table a remarkable variety of experiences and talents,” said Emory Thomas, chief content officer of American City Business Journals, in a statement. “As both a reporter and editor, she has a proven ability to identify and build loyal audiences. Her news judgment is sharp and perceptive, and she’s a strong newsroom leader. ACBJ is fortunate to have someone of Mary’s caliber heading this important new media title for us.”

In addition to working at NJBiz and DNAinfo, Johnson served as a multimedia production resident at The Economist, an assistant editor at Columbia Law School Magazine, a staff writer and on-air correspondent at the Hartford Business Journal and a senior editor at the El Paso Media Group, which published “El Paso Magazine,” among other titles.

She holds an undergraduate degree in magazine journalism from the University of Florida and a master’s from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.