Desiree Hanford, assistant professor and director of academic integrity and appeals at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, was installed as the new president of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) during its annual conference board meeting on April 22 at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, FL. Hanford succeeds Glenn Hall.
“Business stories – money, markets, economics – impact people’s lives every day and telling those stories in an unbiased and straightforward manner for audiences from Main Street to Wall is as important as ever,” Hanford said. “I’m humbled and honored to serve as president of SABEW, an organization whose mission is to support and provide resources for business journalists. I look forward to working with fellow SABEW members to enhance and diversify the organization’s outreach and build upon SABEW’s legacy of outstanding work.
In addition to Hanford, SABEW’s 2023-2024 officer ladder is comprised off Vice President James Nelson, business editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and instructor at Marquette University, and Secretary/Treasurer Pia Sarkar, deputy business editor for enterprise and storytelling at the Associated Press.
SABEW members elected seven people to the board. Five first-time board members include:
- Rebecca Baker, Editor-at-Large, Tax Insights and Commentary, Bloomberg Industry Group
- Kelli Grant, CFP®, Deputy Personal Finance Editor, CNBC
- Jennifer Liberto, Economics Editor, The Washington Post
- Brian Sozzi, Executive Editor, Yahoo Finance
- Stacey Vanek Smith, Global Economics Correspondent, NPR
SABEW membership also re-elected the following two incumbents:
- Robert Barba, News Editor, U.S. News, The Wall Street Journal
- Dean Murphy, Associate Managing Editor of Investigations, The New York Times
SABEW, the largest association of business journalists, encourages comprehensive reporting of economic events without fear or favoritism and upgrades the skills and knowledge of business journalists through continuous professional development and educational efforts.