12 seek nine seats on SABEW board; members to vote at conference March 20

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By BERNIE KOHN, Immediate Past SABEW President

In this critical time for business journalism, SABEW needs leaders on our Board of Governors who are energetic, forward-looking and passionate about our craft.

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of people willing to serve who fit that description, which makes your choice difficult again this year.

We have 12 outstanding candidates for nine available seats. The top six vote-getters will serve for three years; the next three finishers will serve for one year.

The candidates come from five different areas of media practice, a reflection of SABEW’s efforts to become an organization defined by craft rather than medium.

We’re posting candidate bios, photos and videos below; spend some time getting to know them virtually before we meet in the flesh.

The election will take place at the annual conference by a vote of those present and casting ballots (we don’t allow proxy or Internet voting at this point). Each institutional member gets one vote. So does each individual member who meets the requirements for full membership. You will get your ballots when you check in for the conference.

Eligible voters are those SABEW members in good standing attending the annual conference at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Individual members in good standing not affiliated with an institutional member of SABEW may cast one vote each. Each institutional member in good standing may likewise cast one vote each, cast by an individual officially representing that institution as an individual person within that institution.  Please contact me at berniekohn@verizon.net if you have any questions regarding the election or voting procedures.

Becky Bisbee, retiring SABEW board member

I would be remiss in not mentioning that Becky Bisbee, business editor of the Seattle Times, is not standing for re-election after serving on the Board of Governors since 2000 – making her the board’s longest-serving current member.

Becky has left an indelible mark on SABEW. She is the longtime editor of The Business Journalist and led the ambitious overhaul of our Web site and technology backbone over the past year.

She has served on the board’s Executive Committee under seven presidents and organized two conferences.

We’ll miss her leadership, her good humor, her innovative mind, her independent spark, her utter lack of pretentiousness, and her discerning taste in coffee.

The following 12 candidates seek nine open seats on SABEW’s Board of Governors, to be filled at the March 19-21 Annual Conference in Phoenix.


Deborah Brewster is the deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. She is responsible for training, recruitment and staffing in addition to the Journal’s use of design and graphics. Ms. Brewster joined the Journal in 2009 after previously working for 10 years as a journalist for the Financial Times where she was an editor and also a writer.
Before the Financial Times, Brewster was communications correspondent — from 1994 to 1998 — for the newspaper The Australian. Before that, she worked at The Age newspaper, based in Melbourne, Australia. At The Age she was at first personal finance editor, and then the newspaper’s business editor, becoming the first woman to hold that position. She was in charge of the daily business section in addition to the property, personal finance and technology sections. She began her career in journalism as a writer for Australian Investment magazine in 1987.
Born in Indonesia, Brewster earned her B.A. with Honors from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. She lives in Manhattan.


Jonathan Blum is principal of Blumsday LLC, a Web-based custom content company with a specialty in technology. Either alone or with his firm, he has produced audio, video or print for TheStreet.com CNNMoney.com, CNN, Penton, Fortune Small Business, Popular Science, MediaPost publications and many other outlets. He previously held several ratings records for TV news and contributed to Emmy-award-winning news programming He won a 2008 SABEW Best in Business Award for his company blog, blumsday.com.
Blum has served on SABEW’s Internet committee since 2007 and is active on the Entrepreneurial Journalism Committee. He also helped to plan this year’s annual conference.
If elected to the SABEW board, Blum said he hopes to explore two basic themes: the development of new technologies and the evolution of our business model as the organization adapts to a changing media environment.
Blum said that SABEW has been central to his advancement in the business news world, and that he looks forward to giving back and supporting the organization. He encourages members to contact him directly at 914.509.2348 or blum@blumsday.com with concerns or questions as to how he would serve.


Andrea Gabor is a journalism professor at Baruch College/CUNY and the author of three books, most recently The Capitalist Philosophers.
A former staff writer and editor at U.S. News & World Report and Business Week, Andrea also has written for The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, The Harvard Business Review, Strategy + Business and Treasury & Risk Management. Her other books are The Man Who Discovered Quality: How W. Edwards Deming Brought the Quality Revolution to America and Einstein’s Wife: Work and Marriage in the Lives of Five Great Twentieth Century Women.
In addition to teaching at Baruch, where she holds the Bloomberg Chair in business journalism, Andrea is working on the journalism department’s—and her own—transition to multimedia. Andrea also taught for eight years at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and remains a judge for applicants to the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship Program. Her main areas of interest are management, biography, the workplace, international and local economic issues and, most recently, education reform. Andrea earned a B.S. degree in German and government at Wesleyan and a M.S. degree from the Columbia journalism school. A proud native of Chicago, Andrea now lives in New York City. She speaks Spanish, German and Hungarian.
Since joining SABEW, Andrea has served several times as a judge for the Best in Business competition. She also has used many of SABEW’s training modules as teaching aids and as a way to update her own skills. She looks forward to working with SABEW on its education initiatives and on helping the organization expand its membership overseas.


Lisa Gibbs is a senior writer for Money, where she writes about personal finance and investing for the magazine and its blog, More Money. She returned to Money in May from the Miami Herald, where she was Business Editor from 2004-2009. A past co-chair of the Best in Business content, she recently was named chair of SABEW’s international committee, which seeks ways to develop membership and programming opportunities outside the United States. A native of South Florida, she still wants to bring the SABEW conference to Miami (SABEW South Beach!). She also mentors a local high school newspaper and is struggling to master Spanish.


Kevin G. Hall is the national economics correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers. During a 24-year career he has worked in Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Saudi Arabia, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and has reported from across the globe. He is the 2004 winner of the Sigma Delta Chi award, given by the Society of Professional Journalists for best foreign correspondence. A member of the National Economists Club, Hall is also an elected board member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the nation’s premier association for business journalists.
Hall has been with McClatchy and its predecessor, Knight Ridder, since December 1999 and before that spent a decade with the Journal of Commerce, the bible of international trade. He is married to Clara Gonzalez de Hall, and has two daughters, Alexis and Maya, and a very loud umbrella cockatoo named Syd. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.


Diana B. Henriques joined The New York Times in October 1989 as a financial reporter and has specialized in financial fraud, white-collar crime and corporate governance issues.
Henriques was a member of the business news team that was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, for its coverage of the financial crisis of 2008. She was also a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting and received three other major awards — the 2005 George Polk Award for Military Reporting, the 2005 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the 2004 Worth Bingham Prize — for her articles on the fleecing of young soldiers by insurance and investment companies, a series that led to investigations, Pentagon regulatory changes and congressional hearings for legislative reforms.
After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Henriques worked with then Metro reporter David Barstow on the paper’s coverage of the management of billions of dollars in charity and victim assistance as part of The Times’ award-winning “A Nation Challenged” section, and chronicled the fate of Cantor Fitzgerald, the Wall Street firm that suffered the largest death toll in the attacks.
Henriques was a member of a team that won the 1999 Gerald R. Loeb Award for deadline reporting, in the large newspaper division, for coverage of the near-collapse of Longterm Capital Management, a hedge fund whose troubles rocked the financial markets in September 1998. She was also one of four reporters honored for a 1996 series on how wealthy Americans can legally side-step taxes; the four reporters were finalists, in the large newspaper division, of the 1996 Gerald R. Loeb Award, and were winners of the large newspaper division prize for investigative reporting awarded by the Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Before joining The Times, Ms. Henriques worked for Barron’s National Business and Financial Weekly from 1986 until 1989.
She is married and lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.


Mary Jane Pardue is associate professor of journalism at Missouri State University. She has been a member for 13 years. In 2009, she chaired the
Training Committee. Since the Denver conference, she organized seven training calls that drew 473 listeners. Members may have read interesting stories and helpful advice from fellow members in my Behind the Beat column, which she had written for The Business Journalist since 2005. In 2002, Pardue was asked to head the SABEW Task Force on Membership/Recruiting and Mentoring. She served on the Education Committee Task Force on Diversity, coordinated judges for the Best in Business awards and served as a BiB awards judge several times. She has organized and moderated sessions at SABEW conferences and served on panels.
Pardue said she is committed to improving the skills of business journalists both through SABEW and the business reporting class she teached at Missouri State University. She has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist and now teaches several reporting and writing classes as well as media ethics. She said that in all of them she stresses the need for developing strong skills to cover business and the economy. Before moving into academia, she was business editor at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. Pardue also worked at the Nashville Banner and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, doing a variety of jobs from copy editor and section editor to daily columnist. She has published academic research on the training student journalist need to cover business. She has also researched newspaper ownership and management and has a book coming out in July from Marion Street Press on Who Owns the Press? Investigating Public vs. Private Ownership of America’s Newspapers. Pardue holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in English. Contact her at mjpardue@missouristate.edu.


As the Executive Editor and Vice President of CNNMoney.com, Chris 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. The No. 1 site in total minutes, streams per view, total streams and time per person, CNNMoney.com boasts an incredible level of user engagement. Peacock also oversees the launch of video on the site: CNNMoney.com’s hugely successful program represents 42 percent of total streams within the business/finance news category. In addition, CNNMoney.com attracts the largest mobile audience in the category, with an average of 3 million unique visitors per month. Over 400,000 users have downloaded the new iPhone app since its launch in July. 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.
Peacock holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin.


Alwyn Scott is Managing Editor of The Puget Sound Business Journal, a weekly business newspaper and web site based in Seattle, Washington. Previously he was Business Projects Reporter at The Seattle Times, where his coverage included globalization, economics, labor, agriculture, and the World Trade Organization. Prior to joining the Times, he was a News Editor at the The Wall Street Journal Europe, in Brussels, Belgium. Prior to joining the Journal he was Bureau Chief, Deputy Bureau Chief and Correspondent at Dow Jones Newswires in New York, Bangkok and London. He won SABEW Best in Business awards in 2006 and 2007, and an Excellence in Economic Journalism award in 2005 from the Fund for American Studies. He earned a B.A. in print journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1986; and an M.Sc. from the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York in 1989.


In 2009, Gary Silverman, U.S. news editor for the Financial Times, filled the unexpired term of Cliff Cumber, who resigned from the board that year. Silverman became a director in the hope that he could help SABEW raise its global profile – both by recruiting foreign journalists in the US and expanding SABEW’s educational efforts in other countries. He seeks re-election in the same spirit.

Silverman was appointed U.S. news editor, based in New York, in May 2006. Previously, he was the marketing correspondent, based in London, and the U.S. banking editor, based in New York. Prior to joining the FT, he was the money and banking editor of BusinessWeek, a business writer for Newsday, Hong Kong correspondent with the Far Eastern Economic Review and a Malaysia correspondent for Bloomberg Business News. Silverman spent a year as a Gannett Foundation Fellow in Asian studies at the University of Hawaii and began his career in journalism with United Press International, covering Congress and working as an editor on the world desk.
In 2000, he won the Best in Business Award from SABEW for leading the FT’s coverage of PaineWebber’s sale to UBS.

A graduate of Princeton University, Silverman is married with two children.


Rodney is executive editor of the Nightly Business Report and Senior Vice President of NBR Enterprises. He has been with Nightly Business Report since its debut in 1979, when it was a 15-minute program broadcast only in Southeast Florida.
Before being promoted into the position he currently holds, Rodney spent 11 years as managing editor of Nightly Business Report. In that capacity, he guided a dedicated news team headquartered in Miami and also operating out of bureaus in New York , Washington , D.C., and Chicago . Rodney was also directly responsible for leading NBR’s regional coverage of Asia . During his tenure as Managing Editor, NBR was recognized with a National Emmy Award as well as numerous other awards for its coverage of business and the economy.
Long-time NBR staffers jokingly remark that Rodney has done every job there is to do at Nightly Business Report. While the statement’s not entirely true, Rodney has held many positions at NBR. In addition to serving as managing editor, he has spent time as a producer/reporter, assignment editor, assignment manager, correspondent, and Washington, D.C.,bureau chief.
Rodney joined the producing station of the program, WPBT2 in Miami , as a producer/reporter in November 1976. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism.
Rodney is married and the proud father of a teenage son.


Pamela Yip is the personal finance reporter and columnist for the Dallas Morning News. She joined the Morning News in 1999 from the Houston Chronicle, where she was the personal finance writer and columnist for nine years.
At the Morning News, Yip writes the Monday personal finance centerpiece story and the Money Talk column that appear each Monday in the newspaper.
She helps develop training programs and seminars for the Morning News’ business news staff, and was a team leader in 2006 for the newspaper’s newsroom-wide reporting and writing training program for reporters and editors.
Yip has a bachelor’s degree from California State University in Sacramento, where she majored in journalism, with a concentration in economics. She attended the Wharton School of Business’ program for financial reporters at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
She was a business reporter at the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, USA Today and the Stockton, Calif., Record.
She has served as a judge for the Gerald Loeb Awards at the University of California at Los Angeles. The awards are considered the most prestigious in business and financial journalism.
She is a current member of the Board of Governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
While at the Houston Chronicle, she covered the historic handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997 by Great Britain.
Yip has won several reporting awards, including one for best business reporting from the Los Angeles Press Club, as well as business reporting awards from the Houston Press Club and the Hearst Corp., the parent company of the Houston Chronicle. She also won an award for public affairs reporting from the Associated Press Managing Editors Council in California.

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