Fellows selected for 2023 FRED advanced data workshop

Twenty-one business journalists were selected for SABEW’s 2023 Goldschmidt FRED advanced data workshop on Sept. 28-29 in St. Louis.

The Fellows will visit the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis during the program to learn about economic data. During the workshop, they will learn about different types of FRED data and explore special reports that can help them create new stories. The Fellows will also hear from speakers who will discuss how they take the pulse of the American economy, feed that information to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and influence interest rate decisions.

The fellows include:

  1. Neetish Basnet, data reporter, Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle, WA
  2. Lian Bunny, reporter, Buffalo Business First, Buffalo, NY
  3. Natalie Campisi, senior consumer finance writer, Forbes Adviser, Lancaster, CA
  4. Holly Duchmann, staff writer, Baton Rouge Business Report, Baton Rouge, LA
  5. Amber Hair, co-managing editor, Pacific Coast Business Times, Santa Barbara, CA
  6. Kevin Hamilton, senior editor, Wise Publishing, Toronto, Canada
  7. Zachary Hansen, economic development and CRE reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, GA
  8. Connor Hart, reporter, St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis, MO
  9. Anna Helhoski, senior writer, NerdWallet, Brooklyn, NY
  10. Gregory Iacurci, reporter, CNBC, New York, NY
  11. Isabelle Lee, reporter, Bloomberg News, New York, NY
  12. Jalen Lopez, data reporter, San Antonio Business Journal, San Antonio, TX
  13. Michael McDonald, Central America correspondent, Bloomberg News, San Jose, Costa Rica
  14. Madison McVan, reporter, Minnesota Reformer, Minneapolis, MN
  15. Ethan Nelson, data reporter, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Minneapolis, MN
  16. Jeff Ostrowski, principal mortgage writer, Bankrate, Lake Worth Beach, FL
  17. Joey Pizzolato, editor, Auto Finance News, New York, NY
  18. Lisa Scheid, business trends reporter, LNP LancasterOnline, Lancaster, PA
  19. Antoinette Smith, senior editor, recycled polymers and intermediate chemicals, S&P Global Commodity Insights, Houston, TX
  20. Jeffrey Stein, White House economics reporter, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
  21. Hannah Wyman, retail and beverage reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, MO

“Now in its third year, the Goldschmidt FRED Fellowship continues to be a pioneering program with the workshop helping journalists obtain a greater understanding of FRED data and better stories,” said Marty Steffens, SABEW chair at the University of Missouri. “Reporters praise these economists as being extremely helpful and insightful in telling economic stories to our audiences.”

The workshop is funded annually by a grant from the Illinois-based Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation. The program is organized by Steffens with the St. Louis Federal Reserve supplying much of the content.

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