2002 News: Steffens Named Chair in Business and Financial Journalism at Missouri

Marty Steffens
COLUMBIA, Mo., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Veteran newspaper editor Martha Steffens has been named to the SABEW Endowed Missouri Chair in Business and Financial Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism at University of Missouri at Columbia.

Steffens’ appointment — as the first to hold the position — caps a campaign by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Inc. (SABEW) and the Missouri School of Journalism to endow an academic chair in one of the fastest growing fields of journalism.

“Marty will undertake a unique partnership between a journalism school and a professional journalism society that will promote more skillful an aggressive reporting of business and economic news,” said Bill Barnhart, markets columnist for the Chicago Tribune and president of SABEW.

R. Dean Mills, dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, said: “We at Missouri feel very lucky to have persuaded Marty Steffens to take this job. She has the kind of national visibility, energy and knowledge of business journalism that we think will make sure that this program gets off to a running start.”

Steffens, who most recently was a media consultant in San Francisco, said, “Economics reporting is the investigative reporting of this decade.” Steffens said she looks forward to engaging the resources and reputations of SABEW and the Missouri School of Journalism in a dialogue with business journalists.

Carolyn Guniss, SABEW executive director, welcomed Steffens to the team: “For 39 years SABEW has shown steady commitment to business journalism education through its seminars and conferences,” she said. “The endowed SABEW Chair is an extension of SABEW’s original mission. The recent unraveling of Enron demonstrates the need for journalists to understand the tenets of business and finance. The SABEW chair will help to close the knowledge gap.”

Steffens was executive editor of the San Francisco Examiner in 2000. Previously, she was executive editor of the Press & Sun Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y., from 1997-2000 and managing editor at the paper from 1995 to 1997. She has held editing posts at the Dayton Daily News, Evansville Courier, Los Angeles Times and The Orange County Register. She is a member of the board of advisers of CBS Marketwatch.

SABEW is a 501(c)(3) education organization representing 3,300 business journalists. It is based at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Mo.


CONTACT: Carolyn Guniss, executive director of SABEW, +1-573-882-8985, or Bill Barnhart of the Chicago Tribune, +1-312-222-3599



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