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by Rob Reuteman
Staff Photo, from left to right: Gil Rudawsky, John Rebchook, Joanne Kelley(in headlock), Jane Hoback, Roger Fillion, David Milstead, Gargi Chakrabarty, Rob Reuteman
Not surprisingly, the shutdown in February 2009 of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver scattered its 14 business journalists to the four winds.
Last weekend, on the five-year anniversary of the paper’s closing, many of them were among the 200-plus staffers who gathered at the Denver Press Club for a rousing reunion bash.
The staff remains a fairly close-knit group. Five years after we last worked together, nine of us showed up to celebrate with each other.
Most of us remain in the Denver area, but one reporter, Gargi Chakrabarty, flew in from Boston. Another, Jeff Smith, has been living in Sri Lanka for the past five years, and he’s been incommunicado for awhile. Jamie Paton lives in Australia and didn’t make it to the reunion. But he passed through town in November, and we all got together then. And Paton did post a photo Sunday on Facebook, drinking a glass of wine while wearing a Rocky T-shirt, a reminder that he was there in spirit.
This was a crack staff, which won a dozen SABEW Best in Business awards during its time together. When I hired, I looked as much for chemistry as anything. How someone might fit in with everyone else was always a paramount consideration. I’d say, five years later, we’re still very much in touch with one another. We’re Facebook friends, we e-mail with each other weekly, sometimes daily, exchanging stock picks, job openings, things we’ve read and shared. More importantly, we offer snide remarks and crude inside jokes about each other.
The other night, we were together again, quickly falling back into established roles, as if it were yesterday that we were a unit. Five years were erased in half a beer.
As with most journalists who got kicked to the curb in the past five years, I sometimes muse about “getting the band back together.” I try not to let the reverie last too long before snapping back to reality. But damn, those were fun times – doing kick-ass business journalism day in and day out, all the while having as many laughs as possible, often and good-naturedly at each others’ expense. We’ll always have Denver.
Where are we now? Here’s where:
- Telecommunications reporter Jeff Smith, formerly managing editor at The Cambodia Times, is raising his family in Sri Lanka, where his wife worked for International Development Enterprises, a global anti-poverty nonprofit.
- Energy reporter Gargi Chakrabarty moved to Boston, where she is a marketing research manager for KEMA, a global energy consultancy.
- Health care reporter Joyzelle Davis is public relations director for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado and Nevada, based in Denver.
- Finance editor David Milstead is a freelance financial writer and editor, as well as being a weekly columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail.
- Airline reporter Chris Walsh, after a stint as business editor for an English-language daily in Seoul, is editor of Marijuana Business Daily, a website covering the burgeoning cannabis industry.
- Finance reporter Jamie Paton now lives in Sydney, covering Australian energy markets for Bloomberg News.
- Deputy business editor Gil Rudawsky is vice president and public relations strategist for Denver-based GroundFloor Media.
- Assistant business editor Jane Hoback freelances, and works as a grant writer for National Jewish Health, a Denver-based respiratory hospital.
- Real estate editor John Rebchook continues to cover his beat as principal blogger for InsideRealEstateNews.com in Denver, and works part-time at Colorado Real Estate Journal.
- Reporter Joanne Kelley, who covered nonprofits among other things, is now executive director for the Denver-based Colorado Association of Funders, which represents family foundations.
- Tech reporter Roger Fillion is a freelance writer, editor and social media specialist in Denver.
- Designer Steve Haigh is director of student media at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
- Administrative assistant Marissa Ware is a freelance illustrator and graduate student at the Academy of Art University in Oakland, Calif.
- Business editor Rob Reuteman teaches business journalism at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and works as a freelance financial journalist.
by Chris Roush
Timothy B. Lee, who covers technology policy, including copyright and patent law, telecom regulation, privacy, and free speech for The Washington Post, is leaving to join Ezra Klein’s new Vox Media project, reports Dylan Byers of Politico.
Lee will leave the Post at the end of the month. He also writes about the economics of technology. He has previously written for Ars Technica and Forbes.
Lee was the editor of The Switch, the Post’s technology blog launched in July 2013.
Byers writes, “Klein has already stolen Melissa Bell, the former director of Platforms at The Washington Post; Max Fisher, who anchored The Washington Post’s WorldViews foreign affairs blog; and three more of his former Wonkblog colleagues: Dylan Matthews, Brad Plumer and Sarah Kliff. Last week, Klein also picked up POLITICO education reporter Libby Nelson.
“In a memo, Post editors said they’ll be hiring a new leader for The Switch. The Post has also tapped Jim Tankersley, an economic correspondent, to oversee a new “‘data/storytelling blog.’”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Matt Chaban, the real estate editor at the New York Daily News, has been hired by the New York Times to write its weekly real estate column, The Appraisal, reports Joe Pompeo of Capital New York.
Pompeo posted the following announcement from Times metro editor Wendell Jamieson:
We’re excited to announce a new writer for that Metro gem of a column, The Appraisal: Matt Chaban, who comes to us from The Daily News. Matt is a terrific writer with a sharp and sophisticated sense of New York real estate and the worlds of luxury and stress it entails. He brought a bucket-full of ideas for the column; more than a few will be pitched to A1.
Matt (last name pronounced CHAY-ben) served as the real estate editor at The News, where he wrote, edited and helped design the Friday Best Places to Live section every week. He also wrote regular daily stories on a range of subjects, including Rihanna’s new SoHo loft; Bill de Blasio’s picks for housing, planning and parks commissioners; a new “perfume park” on the Gowanus; and spending the night in a Mike-ro apartment with his wife, Nellie. Before The News, Matt was a reporter at Crain’s and real estate editor at the Observer. He got his start as an intern, reporter and editor at The Architect’s Newspaper (the name says it all) where he covered design, planning and development politics as well as revamping the website. A proud son of Pittsburgh, he now calls another reborn sub-metropolis home: Jersey City.
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Chris Peacock, the business journalist who has overseen CNNMoney.com for the past 10 years, is leaving the joint venture between Time Inc. and CNN next month.
His last day will be March 14.
As the executive editor and vice president of CNNMoney.com, Peacock oversees the site’s content strategy. Since Peacock joined CNNMoney.com in 2004, traffic has more than doubled, increasing from 180 million pageviews a month to 450 million.
“I want to go out and explore things that are changing fast,” said Peacock in a telephone interview with Talking Biz News. “I want to explore what is changing in the industry, and I haven’t had time to do that on my own.”
Peacock has been the only Time Inc. employee at CNNMoney.com, which is being taken over by CNN on June 1 as the magazine business splits off from the cable business at Time Warner.
Peacock said that he believes that the website, which has been the online home for Fortune and Money magazines, is in good shape for the split. Time Inc. has been hiring journalists to launch websites for its business magazines when the split occurs.
Peacock also oversaw the launch of video on the site. CNNMoney.com attracts the largest mobile audience in the category, with an average of 3 million unique visitors per month.
Peacock has also expanded the site’s business coverage of companies and technology, and continues to launch new forms of storytelling, including on-demand business video. Most recently, Peacock has overseen the launch of eight new business shows, an upgraded video experience, and the debut of a new technology destination.
Previously, Peacock was the executive editor and vice president of Fortune Group Online — Fortune.com, FSB.com and Business2.com — where he oversaw all online editorial content. Prior to joining Fortune Group Online in 2001, Peacock worked at Inside.com from 2000 to 2001, where he served first as managing editor and then editor.
He has also worked at Time Inc. New Media, Mobile Office, United Feature Syndicate, World Press Review and The Nation.
by Chris Roush
Josh Barro, the outgoing Business Insider political editor, is joining The New York Times to take part in David Leonhardt‘s new policy venture, reports Dylan Byers of Politico.
Byers writes, “Barro, a former Bloomberg View blogger who writes frequently about economic policy, joined Business Insider in May 2013 and has since become a fixture on MSNBC’s daytime programming. He announced his departure from BI on Monday but declined to share details about his next move.
“Leonhardt, the former Washington bureau chief at the Times, has been tasked with spearheading a new policy vertical in the wake of Nate Silver’s departure to ESPN. He has described the vertical as an effort to ‘demystify politics, economics, health care and other issues.’ Laura Chang, the former Times Science editor, and Damon Darlin, the former Times Technology editor, have been tapped to assist with the project.
“Leonhardt’s project is one of many burgeoning analytical projects in media today. Both Silver and Ezra Klein, the former Washington Post blogger, are building their own sites while the Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal have all announced plans to embark on new data-driven ventures.”
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by Chris Roush
Ben Fischer, a business reporter for the New York Business Journal, writes about why he joined the online publication from its sister paper, the Washington Business Journal.
Fischer writes, “We’re part of the American City Business Journals chain, which has covered the business communities in more than 40 cities for three decades — but not here until late 2012.
“We are enthusiastic about this expansion. Simply put, opportunities for great journalism are everywhere we look in this city.
“New York’s burgeoning tech scene is chock full of creative, driven entrepreneurs and plenty of risk-taking investors (check out some of my coverage from Social Media Week). Advertising and digital marketing is still white hot, and innovation is thriving in life sciences, biotech and health care. And some things never change: Real estate is always a lively topic in Manhattan.
“We compete for your attention and limited time with every website in the world, but we don’t see this endeavor as intrinsically competitive. That is to say, our success will not necessarily come by an existing outlet doesn’t have to suffer for us to be successful. In short, the city’s private sector is growing and diversifying so rapidly that we’re eager to dive in and find the great stories on our own.
“In the coming weeks, I’ll be launching a regular Executive Q&A feature. Also, I’ll be soliciting consumer essays aimed at particular sectors, hoping to spur some new ideas to solve real-world user problems.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Tim Logan, a business reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for the past seven years, has been hired to cover real estate for the Los Angeles Times.
He will start his new position in early March, according to Times business editor Marla Dickerson. “We’re thrilled about it,” she said in an email to Talking Biz News.
Logan has won a Gerald Loeb Award for Business Journalism and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He has also won awards from the Society for American Business Editors and Writers and the National Association of Real Estate Editors.
Logan specializes in stories about urban development and regional economics, but he’s covered everything from crime to the business of health care to the beer industry.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, Logan worked at the South Bend Tribune and as a business reporter in New York. He also as a master’s in urban affairs from St. Louis University.
by Chris Roush
Rob Smith, the editor of the Portland Business Journal, is becoming editor of its sister publication in Seattle, the Puget Sound Business Journal.
He replaces George Erb, who retired from the Puget Sound paper last year. Both papers are owned by American City Business Journals.
Smith has been at the Portland paper since November 2003. Before that, he was managing editor and special reports editor at the Seattle paper for nearly six years. He led the Portland Business Journal to 113 state and 11 national journalism awards. The paper also won first-place statewide in editorial writing award five times during his tenure.
Smith is being replaced in Portland by Suzanne Stevens, who is the paper’s digital managing editor and has been its web editor. A staff writer for the paper, Matthew Kish, tweeted that she is a “talented and savvy journalist and leader.”
Stevens has been with the Portland paper since 2010. Before that, she spent five years at The Deal as a senior editor. Stevens also spent four years as an associate editor of Oregon Business magazine.
by Chris Roush
Andrew M. Seder, a political and business journalist at The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, is taking on an expanded role as business editor.
A story on its website states, “In this role, Seder will oversee The Times Leader’s transition to a locally-focused Sunday Business section. He’ll also manage the flow of business news into The Times Leader and timesleader.com.
“The new Sunday Business section will feature:
• Local stories and photos about our business community.
• News and photos of new hires and promotions.
• Photos submitted by businesses and business groups from their events.
• Calendar items for local business events.
• Columns from local experts on everything from estate planning to saving money.
“Those interested in contributing items to the new section should contact Seder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Seder, who has won multiple Keystone Press Awards for excellence in journalism, has worked at newspapers in Northeast Pennsylvania since 1999 and resides in Gouldsboro.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Wall Street Journal world editor Adam Horvath sent out the following message on Friday:
We’re pleased to announce a pair of major additions to our team in Brazil, reflecting our ever-rising ambitions in coverage of Latin America’s largest economy as the World Cup, the Olympics, falling fiscal fortunes and rising class conflicts are casting large shadows.
Marla Dickerson, business editor of the Los Angeles Times, will become Brazil bureau chief.
Marla has been directing a staff of more than 30 editors and reporters carrying out corporate and markets coverage for the L.A. Times, and previously was the deputy editor. She also is a former Mexico correspondent for the Times, its first and only full-time business reporter there.
In Mexico, Marla documented the decline of Mexican oil giant Pemex and the rise of industries now powering the nation’s growth. She profiled Carlos Slim, then-president Vicente Fox and the great-grandmother and ex-con who was Mexico’s leading sidewalk-vendor czar. Traveling the region, she has written about the influence of free trade agreements in Central America, the ethanol boom in Brazil, and why it’s so hard to decipher street addresses in Costa Rica.
For the Times she also covered beats including the California economy, renewable energy and tourism, and shared an Overseas Press Club award for a series on the rise of China. Marla earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Reed Johnson joins us as a general-assignment reporter specializing in society and culture in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America.
Reed is uniquely qualified for this after covering Latin American culture as a roving reporter for the Times based in Mexico City, and also since his return to L.A. in 2008. In the region he has covered natural disasters, a Mexican presidential election and artist collectives in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
Reed started his professional journalism career as a suburbs and city neighborhoods reporter at the Times-Union in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. Later, he spent five years at The Detroit News as a feature writer and theater critic.
Marla worked those two places, too. Marla and Reed are married. They will both report to Latin America Editor David Luhnow. With the recent addition of Juan Forero (formerly of the Washington Post) as the Colombia-based bureau chief supervising correspondents in five South American countries, David and his deputy Santiago Perez now have the management team to raise our game ever higher across Latin America.