BuzzFeed News’ William Alden wins Birger Award for Young Business Journalists

Posted By Crystal Beasley

buzzfeedheadshotsquareWilliam Alden, 27, a San Francisco-based business reporter for BuzzFeed News covering the technology industry, is the 2016 winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize, honoring journalists younger than 30. He will receive the award and a $1,500 honorarium Oct. 7 at SABEW’s New York Fall Conference in midtown Manhattan.

It is the third year for the competition. The past two years’ winners, Cezary Podkul and Mina Kimes, will also be in New York to congratulate Alden.

Additionally, the judging panel chose to honor three finalists:

  • Alison Griswold, reporter, Quartz
  • David Benoit, reporter, Wall Street Journal
  • Emily Glazer, reporter, Wall Street Journal

Made possible by a $7,500 gift from rbb Communications of Miami, the award commemorates Larry Birger, a former Miami Herald business editor who led SABEW as president in 1977. Birger was later a principal in rbb until his death in 1998. Josh Merkin, vice president of rbb Communications, will present the award to Alden in New York on Oct. 7. “Business journalism plays a vital role in our society, and we feel it’s important to support the next generation of great reporters. With this award, we honor Larry’s legacy while showing our appreciation for the great quality of work being produced today,” Merkin said.

Alden is a senior business reporter at BuzzFeed News, where he covers Silicon Valley startups and venture capital. His articles have pulled back the curtain on Palantir Technologies, the secretive data-analysis company, and exposed legal problems at Zenefits that led to the resignation of the startup insurance broker’s CEO. Previously, he covered Wall Street for the DealBook section of The New York Times.

“This is a serious honor, and one that I share with my editors and colleagues at BuzzFeed News,” Alden said. “I’m grateful for the many talented journalists in our industry, whose knockout work inspires me to keep trying harder.”

The judges noted that Alden covers Silicon Valley for BuzzFeed News with a shoe-leather approach to reporting: working sources, hunting down documents, and putting the pieces together. They cited his work on Palantir Technologies and Zenefits. Judges also stated that on a competitive, high-profile beat, Alden truly shines.

A total of 23 young journalists submitted entries. The judging team was made up of SABEW members Jon Chesto (judging team chair), James Madore, Marty Steffens, Rick Rothacker and Cindy Perman. “The judges were impressed with the way Will took command of the issues he covered, using exhaustive reporting and a conversational writing style. He exemplifies the old-school journalism skills that remain crucial as readers consume more of their news online and on their phones. A CEO who is hiding something definitely wouldn’t want to hear that Will is onto the story,” said Chesto, a business reporter for The Boston Globe.

“We are grateful to rbb Communications for this opportunity to advance SABEW’s commitment to supporting the next generation of business journalists. Alden has already agreed to pay it forward by helping SABEW train and recruit other young professionals,” said Kathleen Graham, executive director of SABEW.

About SABEW:

SABEW is the largest organization of business journalists in the world. For more information, contact Crystal Beasley at

About rbb Communications:

rbb is an integrated communications firm and four-time U.S. Agency of the Year. As the Champion of Breakout Brands, rbb inspires companies to create customer passion that delivers bottom-line results. rbb’s family of brands offers media relations, marketing, corporate communications, digital/social media and creative services/advertising. Specialty practices include consumer products/services, travel and leisure, health, sports and entertainment, professional services/B2B, and higher education. The firm’s global network extends across more than 50 countries through its partnership in PROI Worldwide, the largest global network of independent public-relations agencies. For more information, visit or call 305-448-7450.


Posted By Aimee O'Grady

Alex Heath, 25, a senior reporter for Cheddar, is the 2018 winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist contest, honoring journalists younger than 30. Additionally, the judging panel chose to honor two finalists Dani Burger of Bloomberg News and Robert Hackett of Fortune. 

Made possible by a $7,500 gift from rbb Communications of Miami, the award commemorates Larry Birger, a former Miami Herald business editor who led SABEW as president in 1977. Birger was later a principal in rbb until his death in 1998.

Josh Merkin, vice president of rbb Communications, will present the award to Heath at SABEW’s New York Fall Conference on Oct. 25. “As we mark our fifth anniversary of this award, the importance of recognizing the contributions of journalists has never been more important. We must continue to encourage a free press and do what it necessary to ensure the future of the journalism profession,” said Merkin. “We know Larry would be proud of the outstanding work being done today and it gives us great pleasure to honor his legacy by providing opportunities for the next generation.” Merkin said.   

2018 is the fifth year for the competition, past winners include Jillian BermanWilliam AldenCezary Podkul and Mina Kimes 

Alex Heath is a senior reporter for Cheddar. He regularly breaks news on the biggest players in tech and media. Before Cheddar, he was a senior reporter for Business Insider covering the likes of Facebook, Snap, and Twitter. He first started writing professionally for tech blogs at the ripe age of 15. He’s currently based in New York City and originally hails from Louisville, Kentucky.  

“It’s an honor to be recognized by SABEW in a competitive field that includes many peers who I admire and learn from every day. I want to thank my former colleagues at Business Insider and my current colleagues at Cheddar for giving me the support to pursue the kind of journalism I love to do,” Heath said. 

The judges were impressed by Heath’s thorough reporting of companies such as Snapchat and Facebook that are notoriously secretive. His shoe-leather reporting was evident in the fascinating piece about Snapchat’s purchase of Vergence Labs. Health also writes clearly about complex issues, taking the reader inside businesses that aren’t easy to comprehend.  

A total of 23 young journalists submitted entries. The judging team was made up of SABEW members Jon Chesto (chair), James Madore, Marty Steffens, Robert Barba and Cindy Perman.  

About SABEW: 
SABEW is the largest organization of business journalists in the world. For more information, contact Aimée O’Grady at 

About rbb Communications: 
rbb is an integrated communications firm and four-time U.S. Agency of the Year. As the Champion of Breakout Brands, rbb inspires companies to create customer passion that delivers bottom-line results. rbb’s family of brands offers media relations, marketing, corporate communications, digital/social media and creative services/advertising. Specialty practices include consumer products/services, travel and leisure, health, sports and entertainment, professional services/B2B, and higher education. The firm’s global network extends across more than 50 countries through its partnership in PROI Worldwide, the largest global network of independent public-relations agencies. For more information, visit or call 305-448-7450. 

MarketWatch’s Jillian Berman Wins Birger Award for Young Business Journalists

Posted By Crystal Beasley

Jillian Berman, 28, a New York-based reporter for MarketWatch, is the 2017 winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist contest, honoring journalists younger than 30.

It is the fourth year of the competition. The past winners were William Alden, Cezary Podkul and Mina Kimes.

Additionally this year, the judging panel chose to honor two finalists: Jen Wieczner of Fortune and Sarah Frier of Bloomberg News.

Made possible by a $7,500 gift from rbb Communications, the award commemorates Larry Birger, a former Miami Herald business editor who led SABEW as president in 1977. Birger was later a principal at rbb until his death in 1998. Josh Merkin, vice president of rbb Communications, will present the award to Berman at SABEW’s New York Fall Conference on Oct. 13.

“Journalism is a vital part of our democratic society and it gives us great pleasure to recognize the critical work being done by the next generation of reporters. There is no better way to honor Larry’s contributions than by supporting, respecting and appreciating the herculean efforts journalists make in telling the stories our society needs to hear.” Merkin said.

Berman is a reporter at MarketWatch, where she focuses on student debt. Previously, she worked as a business reporter for HuffPost, covering retail and food companies as well as gender politics at work. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Bloomberg.

“It’s an honor to be recognized in a field where many are doing such inspiring work and in particular for coverage of student debt, a topic that affects my peers and their families,” Berman said. “I’m especially grateful to my colleagues and editors at MarketWatch, who nurture my career and those of other young business reporters on a daily basis.”

The judges noted that just when it seemed every angle of the student-debt crisis had been covered, Berman had uncovered five more. She impressed them with her deep knowledge of her higher-education beat, with a specific focus on student debt.

A total of 29 journalists submitted entries. The judging team was made up of SABEW members Jon Chesto (chair), James T. Madore, Marty Steffens, Rick Rothacker and Cindy Perman.

“Jillian took a complex topic that we’ve all read a lot about — student debt — and continued to uncover new and interesting angles. She analyzed mountains of student-loan data, while finding the people affected by the issues in her stories and sharing their tales. The competition was tough this year, but the judges were uniformly impressed with her work,” said Chesto, a business reporter for The Boston Globe.


About SABEW:

SABEW is the largest organization of business journalists in the world. For more information, contact Crystal Beasley at

About rbb Communications:

rbb is an integrated communications firm and four-time U.S. Agency of the Year winner. For more information, visit

Fourth Annual Larry Birger Young Business Journalist of the Year Award

Posted By David Wilhite

Entries are being accepted for the fourth annual SABEW award honoring a top young business journalist. The winner will receive $1,500 plus an expense paid trip to New York where the award will be presented during SABEW’s annual fall conference, October 12-13, 2017.

Journalists 29 years old and younger during 2016 are eligible. (A journalist who turned 30 during 2016 is eligible). The entry deadline is 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 31, 2017. See complete rules and instructions.

About Larry Birger
The Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award is named after Birger, the former Miami Herald business editor who served as SABEW president in 1977. Birger was later a partner in rbb Communications of Miami, Fla. until his death in 1998. The award is made possible by a gift from rbb Communications.

2016 Winner
William Alden, 27, a San Francisco-based business reporter for BuzzFeed News covering the technology industry, was the 2016 winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize, honoring journalists younger than 30.

SABEW is the largest organization of business journalists in the world. For more information, contact Crystal Beasley at

About rbb Communications:
rbb is a marketing communications firm and four-time U.S. Agency of the Year. As the Champion of Breakout Brands, rbb inspires companies with insights on creating customer passion to increase sales. rbb’s multicultural staff delivers award-winning creativity, media relations, corporate counsel, influencer engagement, internal communications, product introductions, digital media, content creation and results/analytics. Specialty practices include consumer products/services, travel & leisure, health, sports & entertainment, professional services and higher education. For more information, call (305) 448-7450 or visit

Executive Director’s Report May 2017

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SABEW Distinguished Achievement Award

Larry Ingrassia, managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, received the Distinguished Achievement Award at the Best in Business ceremony at SABEW17 in Seattle on Saturday, April 29.

2016 Best in Business Awards

This year’s transition to a platform-agnostic contest went smoothly thanks to SABEW board members Brad Foss and Xana Antunes and SABEW staff member Crystal Beasley. The contest remains popular, attracting more than 1,000 entries in the U.S and Canada. The 2017 BIB contest opens Dec. 1.

Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award

William Alden, 27, a San Francisco-based business reporter for BuzzFeed News who covers the technology industry, was the 2016 winner of the Birger prize, honoring journalists younger than 30. He received the award and a $1,500 honorarium on Oct. 7, 2016, at SABEW’s New York fall conference. Thanks to rbb Communications for funding this award and to Josh Merkin for his help shepherding the grant. Deadline for this year’s applications is July 31, 2017.

New First Amendment Committee

New SABEW President Mark Hamrick is creating a SABEW First Amendment Committee to help address members’ needs and desires, including advocacy of journalism, at this challenging time for the industry. We’re currently investing in professional training and have joined 80 journalism groups in an effort to raise press-freedom issues. The First Amendment Committee will be looking for opportunities to be engaged on the press-freedom front, especially as it relates to business journalism. SABEW wants to lead members in efforts to band together to fight fake news, support the credibility of journalism, protect access to information and pursue the truth.


In keeping with best practices for non-profits, SABEW conducted an independent audit of our 2015 financials and we will do so again for the 2016 financials. The audit will help set the table for future financial growth since audits are a requirement of many grant-giving organizations.

SABEW will end 2016 with a positive net operating income and $370,800 in net assets.


Monthly training calls

The training calls continue to be extremely popular – since last year’s spring conference, we’ve held 10 calls for just under 500 participants. Calls, including past sessions, can be accessed on the SABEW site. The focus has been to help members develop digital skills and navigate the changing media landscape. The Twitter training was our most popular call this year. Thanks to SABEW members Mary Jane Pardue and Kim Quillen for producing this fantastic program.

Data-immersion workshop

Our fourth annual Goldschmidt fellowship week in Washington, D.C., made possible by a generous grant from the Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation, was a huge success. Twenty-two business journalists participated in the seminar that immersed them in data and accounting skills. Journalists heard from experts at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Participants received special briefings from the Council of Economic Advisers and the Federal Reserve as well as briefings on new investment data from the Investment Company Institute. Many thanks for the continued work of SABEW leaders Marty Steffens and Kevin Hall and donor Jim Goldschmidt for supporting this initiative. The application process for the next workshop begins in November.

College Connect

Check out SABEW’s student-written personal-finance blogs on Topics range from family financial crises to how much outside employment a student should undertake during the academic year. The ongoing program is funded by NEFE. Students from the University of Missouri, Arizona State University and the University of Georgia are the bloggers.

Health-care training for business journalists

Following the election of Donald Trump, who vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, SABEW was able to provide tele-training less than a week later. Less than a month later, SABEW held a three-day symposium at the Bloomberg offices in Washington, D.C., for 15 fellows. The Dec. 1-3, 2016, symposium focused heavily on helping reporters understand what ACA changes might occur. This also followed a panel discussion at the SABEW New York fall conference in October titled Affordable Care Act Under Duress: What’s Next? Through the generosity of The Commonwealth Fund, this annual program is in its fifth year.

SABEWNYC16 fall conference

The October event in New York was a huge success, attracting some 200 people over the course of two days of programming. The executive director of CUNY’s McGraw Center for Business Journalism, Jane Sasseen, produced the third annual symposium on the challenges and opportunities news executives face in reshaping their newsrooms – and their coverage – amidst the rapid mobile, social and video changes underway. NEFE’s Paul Golden produced a daylong personal-finance reporting workshop. The 2017 workshop is Oct. 12-13 at CUNY.


We’re back to Washington, D.C., for the 2018 conference. Submit your program ideas during our call for sessions, and please take the SABEW17 post-conference survey!


Membership numbers

We have just over 3,000 members. This includes 2,721 institutional members from 132 media outlets, 186 journalist members, 122 student members and 15 associate members. Keep your membership current and share your Twitter handle by updating your profile in the membership database.

SABEW Canada

SABEW Canada continues to expand and thrive with new members, social events, programs and more BIB entries than last year! Bryan Borzykowski, SABEW’s well-known Canadian board member who has been instrumental in leading expansion, has joined the executive ladder as SABEW secretary.

Oct. Teletraining: Young journalists, big impact

Posted By Crystal Beasley

Young journalists, big impact
Monday, October 17
2 p.m. Eastern

Today’s young business journalists show us that decades of experience are not required to have a major influence in the industry.

At 27 years old, Buzzfeed’s William Alden’s reporting has taken him inside the secretive Palantir Technologies and caused an executive shake-up at insurance broker Zenefits. William has been honored with the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize, which recognizes outstanding work by business journalists under the age of 30.

On SABEW’s next teletraining session, hear from William, as well as our Birger award finalists Alison Griswold of Quartz, and David Benoit and Emily Glazer, both of The Wall Street Journal, as they discuss how they work sources, develop their beats and write important news that brings transparency to the marketplace.

Listen to the recording


Jon Chesto, a business reporter for the Boston Globe, served as Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize judging team chair. Jon covers the leaders who shape Boston’s business community. He has been reporting on business and politics in New England for the past two decades. Before joining the Globe, he was managing editor at the Boston Business Journal. Prior to that role, he was the business editor at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy. His weekly Ledger column, “Mass. Market,” won several national awards with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, he has also worked as a business reporter at the Boston Herald and as a political reporter with Ottaway Newspapers.


William Alden is a senior business reporter at BuzzFeed News, where he covers Silicon Valley startups and venture capital. His articles have pulled back the curtain on Palantir Technologies, the secretive data-analysis company, and exposed legal problems at Zenefits that led to the resignation of the startup insurance broker’s CEO. Previously, he covered Wall Street for the DealBook section of The New York Times. He is based in San Francisco.

Alison Griswold, a reporter for Quartz covering the sharing economy and other “startup-y things,” is a finalist for the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize.

David Benoit, a reporter for New York MoneyBeat at The Wall Street Journal, is a finalist for the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize.

Emily Glazer, a reporter covering JP Morgan and Wells Fargo at The Wall Street Journal, is a finalist for the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize.

Questions about teletraining? Please contact Mary Jane Pardue at or Kimberly Quillen at

Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award

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The Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award is made possible by a gift from rbb Communications of Miami, Fla., commemorating Birger, the former Miami Herald business editor who led SABEW as president in 1977. Birger was later a principal in rbb until his death in 1998.

The award will be decided by a panel of five judges – a SABEW officer and four others — and is presented at SABEW’s fall conference.

SABEW will award a cash prize of $1500 to the winner and a travel and lodging stipend for the journalist to receive the award. Consideration will be for an individual’s body of work over a five-year period.

Who was Larry Birger?

Passionate about the importance of covering the local business community, Birger launched Business Monday at the Herald in July 1980, creating a publication whose format was copied by dozens of newspapers across the country.

“He was a guy who wasn’t afraid to pound his fist on the table with the higher-ups to devote more resources to local business coverage,’’ said David Satterfield, who worked as a reporter at the business section for Birger and later became business editor. “He was a very strong proponent of local business coverage.”

He also mentored many. That aspect of his personality surprised Bruce Rubin after Birger became a partner in Rubin Barney & Birger the precursor to rbb in 1994. Rubin remembers young associates at the firm, many of whom had never worked at newspapers, spending sessions with Birger on Friday mornings in the conference room.

“You could have blown me over with a feather how the young kids and Larry liked each other,” said Rubin.

Shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, Birger died Dec. 18, 1998, at age 71. The conference room at rbb still bears his name and a scholarship at the School of Business at the University of Miami was established in his honor.

Past Contest Winners

2018 – Alex Heath
2017 – Jillian Berman
2016 – William Alden
2015 – Cezary Podkul
2014 – Mina Kimes

About rbb Public Relations and SABEW

SABEW is the largest organization of business journalists in the world.  For more information, contact Aimée O’Grady at 602-496-5188 or aogrady at sabew dot org.

rbb Public Communcations is a national marketing PR firm with a reputation for delivering award-winning results to clients who appreciate the individual attention only a boutique agency can provide. The firm supports companies that want to challenge market leaders and fuels brands that are already category leaders, but want to redefine the status quo and break out from traditional marketing techniques.

rbb’s bilingual staff offers best practices in media relations, corporate and crisis communications, product introductions and digital/social media.  For more information, call (305) 448-7450 or visit

Hall becomes SABEW’s new president; seven elected to Board of Governors

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Special to SABEW

Kevin Hall, McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kevin Hall, chief economics correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, is the new president of the 3,600-member Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW).

He succeeded Jill Jorden Spitz, senior editor at the Arizona Daily Star, last week as SABEW celebrated its 50th anniversary at its April 4-6 conference here.

Seven business journalists were also elected to the SABEW Board of Governors.

Hall, who also was content coordinator for the conference, has advanced through the officer ladder and will be president through next spring.  He has a busy agenda, including planning for SABEW’s fall conference Oct. 3-4 at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.  SABEW will also be doing special workshops on ethics and personal finance during 2013.

Hall’s presidency will culminate in SABEW’s annual spring conference at Arizona State University March 27-29.

Other journalists on SABEW’s officer ladder include; Beth Hunt, American City Business Journals, vice president; Marty Wolk, MSN Money, treasurer; and David Milstead, Denver independent journalist, secretary.

Hall said Wolk will be content coordinator for the 2014 Phoenix conference.

A total of 83 ballots were cast in the online election for seven seats on the Board of Governors.

Candidates elected included:

·      Diana Henriques, The New York Times
·      Andrew Leckey, Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism
·      James Madore, Newsday
·      Chris Peacock, CNN Money
·      Kevin Shinkle, The Associated Press
·      Gary Silverman, Financial Times
·      Pamela Yip, The Dallas Morning News

Incumbents Lisa Gibbs of Money magazine and Walden Siew of Reuters chose not to run.

SABEW initiative to attract people of color to business journalism

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I’ve never met a newsroom manager who doesn’t value diversity. But you wouldn’t know that by visiting a lot of newsrooms today.

In the past, news execs worked hard to make sure our staffs mirrored our communities in as many ways as possible. But maintaining a healthy balance becomes impossible in a time of hiring freezes and layoffs. If journalists of color leave and their positions go unfilled, the scales of diversity fall further and further out of balance. Before we know it, a diverse newsroom goes from something we have to something we wish we could have.

Yes, many of SABEW’s member organizations have healthy diversity initiatives of their own – and even better, many are hiring. But in many of our newsrooms, diversity is not the high priority it once was, or should be.

At our recent annual conference in Indianapolis, we were delighted to welcome some attendees of color. They were surprised to look around and see very few people who look like them.

After returning home, Christopher Nelson, a freelance journalist and graduate student at the Georgetown University Law Center who attended the conference, wrote an item for the NABJ Digital blog titled, “Where are the journalists of color covering the business beat?”

“Traditionally, any effects of the economic crisis have hit the black community particularly hard, by some measures such as the jobless rate,” he wrote. “So who will ensure that communities of color aren’t overlooked, that business stories appeal to a wider cross-section of Americans? Will more journalists of color look to business and economics as a specialty?”

Will Sutton, a Reynolds visiting professor at Grambling State University, also attended the conference and  while he was there he agreed to join SABEW’s diversity committee. Afterwards, he penned an 11-point plan to make business journalism more diverse, asking us all to do our part to improve the dwindling diversity of our profession.

“The lack of diversity in business journalism doesn’t have to be a problem if we work together to define, agree on and implement specific initiatives,” he wrote. “We can do this individually, but imagine the power of two, four and more working together.”

As SABEW’s incoming president, I responded to Will’s challenge by pledging to try to find funds to bring at least five journalists of color to our 50th anniversary conference in Washington, D.C., April 4-6. I also said that I would work to provide some basic business journalism training to five high schools with diverse students populations and robust journalism programs.

SABEW’s diversity committee, headed by Walden Siew, a member of our board of governors and deputy editor-in-charge, wealth and finance, for Reuters, wants to push us harder. In addition to bringing students to the D.C. conference, the committee’s vision includes recruiting more minority candidates to SABEW and its board and helping to raise money for college scholarships for minority students pursuing careers in business journalism.

“It’s really time to step up and help out, whether that is by raising awareness or by opening your pocketbook,” Siew said.

I can’t guarantee that we will meet these goals, but I applaud them. This is SABEW’s way of saying that diversity matters to our organization – and that just saying that is not good enough.

SABEW soon will launch a major fund-raising effort tied to our 50th anniversary. As part of that drive you will be able to choose where your gift goes, including to diversity efforts or to scholarships. We also hope to offer the option of giving in installments, ideally through monthly charges to your credit card. But you don’t have to wait for that effort to roll out – you can give a donation today and earmark it towards diversity programming.

I have accepted the challenge to take action toward improving diversity in business journalism. I invite you to join me.

(Jill Jorden Spitz is assistant managing editor at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson.)


List of attendees at 49th annual SABEW conference, March 15-17, 2012

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  • Jennifer Abelson, business reporter, Boston Globe
  • Brad Allen, Journalist/Editor/Publisher, RiskRewardNews
  • Greg Andrews, managing editor, Indianapolis Business Journal
  • Linda Austin, executive director, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism
  • Xana Antunes, Editor, Crain’s New York Business
  • Julie Bandy, Editor in Chief,
  • Robert Barba, Reporter, American Banker
  • Richard Barbieri, Deputy managing editor, CNNMoney
  • Alex Barinka, Student, UNC – Chapel Hill
  • David Beal, Former President, SABEW
  • Claes Bell, Senior Banking Reporter,
  • Robert Benjamin, Public Relations Manager, T. Rowe Price
  • Keith Benman, Staff Writer, The Times Media Company
  • Ken Bensinger, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Tiems
  • Lisa Benson, managing editor, Cincinnati Business Courier
  • Becky Bisbee, Business editor , The Seattle Times
  • Jonathan Blum, Freelance,
  • Janet Bodnar, Editor, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • Jenna Buehler, student reporter, The DePauw/DePauw University
  • Clytie Bunyan, Business Editor, The Oklahoman
  • Kathleen Carlson, Freelance journalist, Self employed
  • Sean Carlson, manager, global communications and public affairs, Google
  • Kelly Carr, senior online producer, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism
  • Ron Carter, Business Editor, The Columbus Dispatch
  • Tian Chen, Student, Arizona State University
  • Jon Chesto, Business Editor, The Patriot Ledger
  • Chris Ciaccia, Reporter, TheStreet
  • Joanne Cleaver, Director, Freelance Growth, Ebyline, Inc.
  • Pete Coates, editor, Bloomberg News
  • Hayleigh Colombo, intern, Indianapolis Business Journal
  • Bernard Condon, Business Writer, The Associated Press
  • John Corrigan, Business Editor, Los Angeles Times
  • Brandon Corrigan, student, Missouri State University
  • Robert Corya, Business Editor, Retired, Indianapolis News
  • Emery Cowan, Reporter, Durango Herald
  • Tim Cox, Student, Franklin College
  • Peter Coy,  economics editor, Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Charles Crumpley, Editor, Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Jonathan Dahl, Editor in Chief, SmartMoney
  • Andrea Muirragui Davis, associate editor/online editor, Indianapolis Business Journal
  • Randolph Diamond, reporter, Crain Communications
  • Marla Dickerson, Deputy Business Editor, Los Angeles Times
  • Don Dodson, Reporter, News-Gazette
  • Sean Driscoll, Reporter, Rockford Register Star
  • Henry Dubroff, Editor, Pacific Coast Business Times
  • Danil Duggan, Deputy Managing Editor, Crain’s Detroit Business
  • Chelsey Dulaney, Student, University of North Carolina
  • Nick Dunn, Managing Editor, CNBC / NBC/ Comcas
  • Spring Eselgroth, Web Coordinator, SABEW
  • Ted Evanoff, reporter, Commercial Appeal
  • Andrea Farmer, Public Relations Professional, Borschoff Communications
  • Seth Fiegerman, Staff Reporter,
  • Joanna Firestone, Business Editor, The Detroit News
  • Josh Flory, Reporter/Blogger, Knoxville News Sentinel
  • Mary Fricker, Editor,
  • Jon Friedman, columnist, MarketWatch
  • Sarah Frier, Reporter, Bloomberg News
  • Dennis Fulton, Business Editor, The Dallas Morning News
  • Cardiff Garcia, Reporter, Financial Times
  • David Gelles, Media and Marketing Correspondent, Financial Times
  • Lisa Gibbs, Senior Writer, Money Magazine
  • Ilyce Glink, columnist, Tribune Media
  • Laura Goldberg, Business Editor, Houston Chronicle
  • Jeffrey Goldfarb, Assistant editor, Reuters Breakingviews
  • Andrew Gomes, business reporter, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
  • Edward Green, News integration editor, American City Business Journals/Business First of Louisville
  • Jolande Gumz, Reporter, Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • Janet Guyon, managing editor, Dow Jones/
  • Glenn Hall, Editor in Chief,
  • Kevin Hall, National Economics Correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers
  • Blake Hanson, student, University of Missouri
  • Diana Henriques, Financial Writer, self-employed
  • Justin Hilley, Reporter, HousingWire
  • Amy Hoak, Real Estate Writer, MarketWatch
  • Stephanie Hoops, Staff Writer, Ventura County Star
  • Shixia Hu, Student, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Beth Hunt, Manager of Editorial Operations, American City Business Journals
  • John Hunt, Student, University of Missouri
  • Glenn Hunter, Executive Editor, D Magazine Partners
  • Lawrence Ingrassia, Business editor,  The New York Times
  • Paul Ingrassia, deputy editor-in-chief, Reuters
  • Phillip Joens, student, University of Missouri
  • Jill Jorden Spitz, AME/Business, Arizona Daily Star
  • Dave Kansas, Sr. VP & Chief Operating Officer, American Public Media
  • Andrea Kayda, Student, Baruch College.CUNY
  • Zak Keefer, Reporter,
  • Kevin Keller, Student, Arizona State University
  • Brad Keoun, reporter, Bloomberg News
  • Aaron Kessler, Staff Writer, 100Reporters
  • Lou Kilzer, Investigative Reporter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • Mason King, Videographer, Indianapolis Business Journal
  • Matthew Kish, Reporter, Portland Business Journal
  • Bernie Kohn, team leader for transportation/infrastructure policy, Bloomberg Government
  • Mason King, photographer, Indianapolis Business Journal
  • Jae Hyun Kwon, Student, University of Missouri
  • Emily Lambert, independent reporter, Forbes magazine
  • Paul LaPorte, manager, economic analysis/information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Chicago
  • Mark Lawton, Reporter, Pioneer Press
  • Jim Ledbetter, op-ed editor, Reuter
  • Al Lewis, Columnist, Dow Jones Newswires
  • Neal Lipshultz, senior vice president/managing editor, Dow Jones Newswires
  • James Madore, Senior Business Writer/Economy, Newsday
  • Sam Mamudi, Reporter, MarketWatch
  • Margie Manning, news reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • Gail MarksJarvis, Financial Columnist, Chicago Tribune
  • Mickey Maurer, publisher, Indianapolis Business Journal
  • Daniel McCosh, head of communications, Azteca America/Grupo Salinas
  • Greg McCune, Editor in Charge, Reuters America Service
  • Kathleen McLaughlin, senior correspondent, GlobalPost
  • Cassandra McLean, Student, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Mickey Meece, Adviser, The Louisville Cardinal
  • Anders Melin, Student, University of Missouri
  • Angie Millar, Student, Arizona State University
  • Mark Miller, Columnist, Reuters
  • Josh Mills, Professor, Baruch College/CUNY
  • David Milstead, Freelance, David Milstead Unlimited Ltd.
  • Lynn Moore, Reporter, The Gazette
  • Thomas Mucha, Editor, GlobalPost
  • Elvina Nagwaguna-Clemente, Reporter, The Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger
  • Christopher Nelson, Freelance Journalist, Fellowship Winner
  • James Nelson, Deputy Business Editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Kevin Noblet, Managing Editor, Wealth Management, Dow Jones & Co.
  • Marie Oates, Director and Contributor, IESE Business School/Insight Magazine
  • Emmanuel Olaoye , Reporter, Reuters
  • Joanna Ossinger, stocks editor, Bloomberg News
  • Tayler Overschmidt, Student, University of Missouri
  • Scot Paltrow, IP specialist, Reuters
  • Mary Jane Pardue, Assistant Department Head, Missouri State University
  • Tarini Parti, student, N/A
  • Chris Peacock, VP and Executive Editor, CNNMoney
  • Robert Perez, Reporter, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
  • Alexandra Pfenninger, student, University of Missouri
  • Robin Phillips, digital director, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism
  • Steve Pounds, Senior Editor,
  • Qiao Qi, Student, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Ruisha Qian, student, University of Missouri
  • Kimberly Quillen, Business Editor, The Times-Picayune
  • Connor Radnovich, Student, Arizona State University
  • Steven Radwell, VP-Editor , Fidelity Investments
  • Daniel Ray, Editor in Chief,,
  • Rob Reuteman, Reynolds Visiting Professor of Business Journalism, Colorado State University
  • Steven Rich, Student, University of Missouri
  • Hal Ritter, business editor, The Associated Press
  • Randy Roguski, Business editor, Plain Dealer
  • Tymon Ruskowski, student, University of Missouri
  • Matt Saltanovitz, Business Editor, The Times Media Company
  • Mark J. Scarp, Membership Coordinator, SABEW
  • Greg Schmidt, Business section designer, U-T San Diego
  • Anthony Schoettle, reporter, Indianapolis Business Journal
  • Cory Schouten, reporter, Indianapolis Business Journal
  • Michael Schwartz, reporter, Richmond BizSense
  • Alana Semuels, staff writer, los angeles times
  • Terry Sheridan, Independent journalist, self
  • Kevin Shinkle, deputy business editor, The Associated Press
  • Walden Siew, Correspondent, Reuters America, Inc.
  • Gary Silverman, US News Editor, Financial Times
  • Jeanna Smialek, Student, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Jill Jorden Spitz, assistant managing editor, Arizona Daily Starf
  • Randall Smith, Endowed Chair in Business Journalism, University of Missouri
  • Gina Smith, (Not applicable), (Not applicable)
  • Jessica Smith, Student, University of Missouri
  • Tiffany Stecker, reporter, ClimateWire
  • Marty Steffens, SABEW Chair in Journalism, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Julie Steinberg, reporter, dow jones
  • Craig Stone, Adjunct Lecturer in Journalism, Baruch College/CUNY
  • Todd Stone, Business Editor, Star Tribune
  • Will Sutton, Reynolds Visiting Professor, Grambling State University
  • Julie Tatge, Business Editor, Chicago Tribune
  • Mark Tatge, E. S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Prof. of Journalism, DePaul University
  • Brian Thevenot, Business Editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Meena Thiruvengadam, Journalist, Freelance
  • Alexis Trujillo, Student, Arizona State University
  • Bowdeya Tweh, Staff Writer, The Times Media Company
  • Jiayi Vai, Student, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Juan Wang, student, University of Missouri
  • John Wasik, columnist, Reuters, etc.
  • Allen Wastler, Managing Editor,
  • Warren Watson, Executive Director, SABEW
  • Joseph Weber, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Rob Wells, Visiting Professor, University of South Carolina
  • Pamela Wells, student reporter, college of the canyons
  • Mark Wert, data and investigations editor, Cincinnati Enquirer
  • David Wilson, Columnist, Bloomberg News
  • John Wordock, managing editor, MarketWatch Radio Network
  • Dawn Wotapka, Reporter, Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal
  • Xu Yahui, Student, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Wen Yan, student, University of Missouri
  • Pamela Yip, Personal Finance Writer, The Dallas Morning News
  • Gu Yitian, student, University of Missouri
  • Miranda Zhang, Student, University of Missouri

6 chosen for three-year terms on SABEW Board of Governors

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PHOENIX, March 19, 2012 – SABEW members elected six business journalists to the Society’s Board of Governors in an online election that concluded Saturday.

Outgoing SABEW President Kevin Noblet, managing editor of wealth management at Dow Jones Newswires, announced the results at the 17th annual Best in Business Contest Awards reception Saturday night at the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis, Ind.

Six were elected to three-year terms on the board that expire in spring 2015:

Blum, Quillen and Siew were incumbents. MarksJarvis was a former board member who successfully ran for a new term.

Candidates who did not win a seat on the board were incumbent Sharon Bernstein, Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professor in Business Journalism, Arizona State University, Phoenix; Ilyce Glink, Tribune Media columnist and author, Glencoe, Ill.; Thomas Mucha, editor, GlobalPost; and Mark Tatge, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.

Voting in the election began March 1 and concluded late Saturday afternoon. SABEW hired, an independent polling service, to conduct the balloting, as it did for the 2011 election. More than 400 SABEW members, either as individual members or as representatives of institutional members, were eligible to vote in the election, in which reported that 87 ballots were cast.

Eighty-nine ballots were cast in the 2011 election, SABEW’s first to be conducted online, compared with 57 paper ballots in 2010 at the 47th annual conference in Phoenix.

The first official activity for members of the new board was a meeting held Sunday morning at the University Place Conference Canter and Hotel, the conference hotel for the 49th annual SABEW conference. Incoming SABEW President Jill Jorden Spitz, assistant managing editor of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, presided in her first official act as leader of the 3,400-member association of business, financial and economic newspeople.

The conference concluded Saturday night after 2 1/2 days of sessions and speakers at the Informatics & Communications Technology Complex at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Schedule for SABEW NYC fall workshop

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Here’s the schedule for the SABEW fall workshop Oct. 13-14 in New York City at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. More details are available by clicking here: To register, click here.

A pre-workshop session presented by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, titled “Achieving Digital Efficiency — 36 Tips for Managing Information Overload.” Jeremy Caplan, director of education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY, will present the session. He taught the “ Build Your Personal Website” session at SABEW’s April conference in Dallas. His presentation this fall in New York is free but separate registration is required at

Click here for a PDF version of the tentative NYC Workshop Schedule.


5:30 p.m. Doors Open – CUNY Lobby, 219 W. 40th St.

6 to 7 p.m. Welcome reception. Newsroom

7 to 8 p.m.: The Future of Our Industry

Norman Pearlstine, Robert Thomson and Stephen Adler, top editors of Bloomberg News, Dow Jones and Thomson Reuters. Newsroom

**Click here to register for the full conference or reception only **

FRIDAY, Oct. 14

8:30 a.m. Registration Open/Continental Breakfast

8:50 a.m.: Welcome. Newsroom

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Harvard Economist Kenneth Rogoff, in conversation with Floyd Norris. Newsroom Kenneth Rogoff, 58, is a noted Harvard University economist whose experience includes work as an economist at the International Monetary Fund and on the Federal Reserve Board.

10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Larry Leibowitz, chief operating officer, NYSE Euronext. Introduction by Joanna Ossinger, Bloomberg News. Newsroom

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.: Steve Sadove, chairman and chief executive officers, Saks Inc. Newsroom

Stephen I. Sadove is chairman and chief executive officer of Saks Incorporated. Before joining Saks, Sadove built a distinguished marketing and consumer products career spanning over 25 years with General Foods USA, including Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Desserts Division. He was president of of Clairol, president of Bristol-Myers Squibb Worldwide Beauty Care and Nutritionals.

11:45 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.: SILENT AUCTION

11:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. BREAK: Pick up your box lunch

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.: The power of business blogs

Sometimes they break stories, sometimes they play a little fast and loose. What do they mean to the evolving world of business journalism?

Moderator: Allen Wastler, managing editor,


Henry Blodget is CEO and Editor-In Chief of Business Insider, a blog widely followed by traders and brokers on Wall Street. From 1994-2001, he worked on Wall Street and was ranked the No. 1 Internet and eCommerce analyst by Institutional Investor and Greenwich Associates. He was later “keelhauled” (his term) by then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer over conflicts of interest between research and banking and booted out of the industry.

Felix Salmon is a financial journalist and blogger for Thomson Reuters. Previously he worked at Portfolio Magazine and Euromoney. He has been blogging since 1999 and wrote the Market Movers blog for You can find his blog, known for independent and contrarian views, at

John Carney is a senior editor at, covering Wall Street, hedge funds, financial regulation and other business news. Prior to joining, John was the editor of and Before beginning his blogging career at Dealbreaker, Carney practiced corporate law at firms such as Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Latham & Watkins, primarily representing banks, hedge funds and private equity firms.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

News track: Sylvia Nasar, is the author of the bestselling biography, “A Beautiful Mind,” which has been published in 30 languages and inspired the Academy Award-winning movie directed, and the just-published “Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius,” a narrative history of 20th-Century economic thinkers. She was a New York Times economics correspondent from1991-1999, and before that was a staff writer at Fortune and columnist at U.S. News & World Report. Nasar is the first James S. and John L. Knight Professor of Business Journalism at Columbia University and co-directs the master’s program in business journalism.

Skills track: Solving the apps riddle — challenges and opportunities in bringing apps into the newsroom. Room 308.

Moderator: Jonathan Blum, freelance writer.


David Brinker, SVP, Operations and Business Development.
Jeanniey Mullen, global evp/CMO at Zinio.
Phillip Tiongson co-founded New York-based interactive design firm Potion.

3:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

News track: The Obama healthcare plan’s mandatory State Insurance Exchanges — what will it take to create a new health care marketplace for businesses and consumers? And is your state behind the curve? Sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund. Newsroom.

Moderator: John Wasik, author of 13 books and columnist with Thomson Reuters.

Panelists: Sara Collins, Ph.D., vice president, Affordable Health Insurance Program, The Commonwealth Fund; Ben Geyerhahn, director of special projects at the Small Business Majority; Sabrina Corlette, professor at the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University

Skills track: New social media tricks
Learn how you can use the latest social media tools to make yourself a better journalist. Discover tricks for getting the most out of Twitter, Facebook, Google-plus and other social media networks. Leverage social media to find sources, find stories and expand your reach.

Moderator: Martin Wolk, executive business editor,

Martin Wolk is executive business editor for the, in charge of business coverage for and Previously he worked as a correspondent for Thomson Reuters, and at the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

Sree Sreenivasan, dean of student affairs at ?Columbia Journalism School, has taught at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism since 1992 and currently is a professor of digital media. He is contributing editor at, a news startup in New York, and co-founder of SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association.

Tiffany Black works as a senior producer at, managing the technology channel. She also teaches Web writing, blogging and social media at Previously she was a producer at and

Paul La Monica is an assistant managing editor at CNNMoney and author of the daily column “The Buzz.” Prior to joining CNNMoney in 2001 he was an editor at Red Herring and a writer at He tweets about the markets and economy @LaMonicaBuzz.

4:20 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Skills track: 5 tips to improve your performance on camera

Presenter: Bill McGowan is founder and CEO of Clarity Media Group, which trains television journalists to exude more confidence and command on air and trains corporate clients in advance of media appearances and publicity tours.

The state of journalism jobs

Getting a job, changing jobs – The secrets of landing work as a freelancer, contract writer and full-time employee
Glenn Hall,
Martin Wolk,
Chris Peacock, CNN Money
Walden Siew, Reuters
Beth Hunt, American City Business Journals

5:30 to 7 p.m.: Off-site reception, The New York Times, 640 Eighth Avenue. Welcoming remarks from Floyd Norris, chief economic correspondent, The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune.


SABEW online auction results!

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The winning bidders:


We’re happy to announce that $2,985 was successfully bid on the following items to benefit SABEW’s 2010-2011 Fund for the Future Campaign!



• N.Y. RANGERS HOCKEY GAME: Stacy Conley, $100


• CNBC TOUR AND LUNCH: Mark Braykovich, $150





• 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL PALOMAR DALLAS: Jill Jorden Spitz, $400



SABEW GRAB BAG: Josh Mills, $100


NOTE: Some items either did not receive bids or did not receive the minimum bid and were not won.

The auction items

Questions? Call Mark Scarp at SABEW headquarters, (602) 496-5183, or write to

FOX BUSINESS CHANNEL STUDIO TOUR AND LUNCH. SABEW board member Ray Hennessey arranged for Fox Business talent Charlie Gasparino to host you and a friend at a power lunch at Del Frisco’s steakhouse in New York City. In addition to lunch, the winner and friend will get a personalized tour of the Fox Business studio. Minimum bid: $100. Gotta Have It Bid: $300.
A WEEK AT A MAINE LAKE COTTAGE. SABEW executive director Warren Watson offers a full week of summertime fun at his Maine lake cottage. He promises great scenery, plenty of fishing and kayaking. (Insect repellent not included.) Minimum bid: $300. Gotta Have It Bid: $450.
NEW YORK RANGERS HOCKEY GAME. SABEW board member Walden Siew arranged for Thomson Reuters to graciously donate two tickets in its luxury box for you to see the Rangers take on the Atlanta Thrashers in an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27. Minimum bid $50. Gotta Have It Bid: $200.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS BASEBALL GAME. SABEW board member Sharon Bernstein of the Los Angeles Times graciously donated two seats at Dodger Stadium to see the Dodgers take on the San Diego Padres 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21. Tickets valued at $115. Minimum bid: $40.


THREE NIGHTS’ STAY AT DALLAS’ HOTEL PALOMAR. This luxurious boutique hotel ( is our home for the 48th annual conference in Dallas April 7-9. (But you can use these three nights anytime.) Valued at $450. Minimum bid: $150. Gotta Have It Bid: $400.

TWO NIGHTS’ STAY AT DALLAS’ HOTEL PALOMAR. Same hotel. Same deal (use anytime). Just two nights, though. Valued at $300. Minimum bid: $100. Gotta Have It Bid: $250.

TROY AIKMAN AUTOGRAPHED FOOTBALL. In honor of our upcoming conference in Dallas, we scored an NFL football autographed by former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, now enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a national sportscaster. With certification of authenticity. Ball donated by Wingstop restaurants. Minimum bid: $100. BID FOR THIS ITEM ON EBAY

CNBC TOUR AND LUNCH. SABEW board member Marty Wolk arranged for a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., for up to four people, including lunch. Tour the state-of-the-art studio where Jim Cramer, Maria Bartiromo, Erin Burnett and other notables report on the state of business and financial markets. Time by mutual agreement. Minimum bid: $100. Gotta Have It Bid: $200.
FULL MEMBER REGISTRATION TO SABEW NEW YORK CONFERENCE. Attend SABEW’s fall conference Oct. 1-2 at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism via one comped member registration. Valued at $199. Minimum bid: $75.


WRITTEN CRITIQUE OF YOUR BUSINESS SECTION. SABEW Chair Marty Steffens of the University of Missouri, Columbia, will give you a detailed written critique of your newspaper or online business section. Minimum bid: $50. Gotta Have It Bid: $100.
NEW YORK METS BASEBALL GAME. SABEW Board Member Martin Wolk of MSNBC arranged for these four “primo” tickets to the Sept. 27 game at Citi Field between the home New York Mets and the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. Section 323, Row 3, Seats 5-8. Face value of these seats is $560. Minimum Bid: $200. Gotta Have It Bid: $400.


SABEW GRAB BAG #1. An assortment of cool SABEW and journalistic souvenir items, highlighted by our brand-new SABEW baseball cap, a high-quality SABEW polo shirt (men’s or women’s styles, assorted sizes) by Port Authority and an equally high-quality polo shirt with the logo of our headquarters home, Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Packaged in a cloth SABEW souvenir bag. Minimum bid: $50. Gotta Have It Bid: $100.

SABEW GRAB BAG #2. Same assortment as in K1, just another bag offered for bid. Minimum bid: $50. Gotta Have It Bid: $100.

2010 Fall Conference

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Program Highlights

The fall event will be highlighted by the keynote speech Friday, Oct. 1, by Federal Reserve Bank of New York CEO William Dudley. Another highlight: Noted Columbia University economist Joseph Stiglitz is the speaker at our opening reception at Reuters headquarters on Times Square Thursday, Sept. 30. Still another: The  joint appearance of two of the most outspoken journalists on Wall Street, Bloomberg News’ Jonathan Weil and the Fox News Channel’s Charlie Gasparino, giving their uncensored view of Wall Street regulation – and the next big financial bombshell. Plus, Starwood CFO and Vice Chairman Vasant Prabhu and JetBlue COO Rob Maruster will gaze into the skies with their predictions for the future of tourism. Other highlights include breakout sessions and hands-on workshops, including an intensive video production training brought to you by the Reynolds Center. For more about the conference, click here. For exhibitor or sponsorship information, please click here.


Conference Schedule


6:30 p.m. Reception Keynote
Joseph Stiglitz, recipient of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in economics, is University Professor at Columbia University. He served as chairman of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and as chief economist of the World Bank. Reuters America Headquarters, 3 Times Square. Dinner on your own.


8:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Welcome. (Newsroom)

With Stephen Shepard, Dean, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and Rob Reuteman, President, Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Keynote. (Newsroom)
William Dudley, president, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Wall Street Breaking News. (Newsroom)
Three rapid-fire assessments of the state of the securities industry. The audience can ask questions at the end of each presentation. Moderator: Greg David, director, business and economics reporting program, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

  • Financial Crisis: Where We Go From Here? Roger Lowenstein, author, The End of Wall Street
  • Future of Wall Street: Brad Hintz, analyst for Sanford Bernstein
  • Future of the Exchanges: Larry Liebowitz, COO, NYSE Euronext

11:20 a.m. to 12:20 a.m. The State of the Consumer: Will Travel Rebound? (Newsroom)

With Vasant M. Prabhu, Vice-Chairman, Starwood Hotels and Resorts; Rob Maruster, Chief Operating Officer, JetBlue. Moderator: Kevin Noblet, Deputy Managing Editor, Dow Jones Newswires.

12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Covering Wall Street: How Bad Are We? (Newsroom/Pantry). Lunch provided.

With Joe Nocera, business columnist, The New York Times; Jonathan Weil, columnist, Bloomberg News. Moderator: Chris Peacock, executive editor/vice-president, CNN Money.

2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • The Obama Health Plan and Small Business. (Room 308)

While everyone will be affected by the Obama Health Care Plan, the burden may be greatest for small businesses. This in-depth seminar sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund will explain the issues and the stories that will need to be covered.
– Elizabeth MacBride, contributing editor, small business, Crian’s New York Business
– Mark Wager, CEO, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
– Rima Cohen, counselor to the secretary, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
– Rosina Rubin, CFO, Attitude New York

  • State and Local Governments: How Bad Are Their Finances? (Newsroom)

State and local governments seem locked in an endless crisis of budget deficits, spending cuts and higher taxes. How bad is it?
– E.J. McMahon, director, Empire Center
– Michael Mulgrew, president United Federation of Teachers
– Robert Ward, director, Rockefeller Institute
– Moderator: Greg David, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • GDP: It’s Not So Simple. (Room 308)

Should GDP be replaced with Gross National Happiness? Or should it be extended by including measures of welfare such as distribution of income and measures of sustainability? This newsy session will explain the ins and outs of GDP, from the expert and journalist point of view.
– Steve Landefeld, director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis
– Mike Mandel, editor in chief, Visible Economy LLC, (formerly of BusinessWeek)
– Moderator: Kevin Hall, national economics correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers

  • Newsroom 2.0: Cloud-based Computing for Journalists. (Newsroom)

Analysis from cutting-edge project in journalism.
– Jonathan Blum, founder, Blumsday LLC
– Pamela O’Hare, founder, BatchBlue
– Jonathan Rochelle, group product manager, Google Docs
– Charles Seybold, CEO, LiquidPlanner

6 p.m. Reception at Bloomberg News
731 Lexington Avenue, between 58th and 59th Sts. Take cab or subway to reception site. Go to ground-level Bloomberg reception desk, where you’ll receive a badge. You must have government-issued ID for entry. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Welcoming remarks by: Karen Toulon, NY Bureau Chief Dave Wilson, Bloomberg News Columnist


Doors open at 8 a.m. Please use entrance on 41st St. between 7th and 8th Aves.
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. The Outlook For Hiring. (Room 308
Representatives from Dow Jones, Bloomberg, Reuters and others talk about the job outlook for their companies. A must-attend for anyone even thinking about changing jobs, or checking out the competition.

With: Michelle LaRoche, hiring manager, Dow Jones Newswires; Walden Siew, Top News Editor, Thomson Reutersl; a Bloomberg representative. Moderator: Marty Steffens, SABEW Chair, University of Missouri

9:35 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • How to Use Government Data, Direct From The Source. (Room 430)

Pros from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis will help you analyze and use data for your stories in a special hands-on session. Please bring laptops to maximize the training.
– Shane Taylor and Mauricio Ortiz, Bureau of Economic Analysis
– Martin Kohli, regional economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Doing the Math: How to Run a Profitable Freelance Writing Business. (Room 432)

Shifts within the news business are prompting many journalists to become freelance writers, bloggers and columnists. And it’s not a bad option. Better work/life balance, higher pay and greater fulfillment are all within reach for skilled journalists with the knowledge and work ethic to pursue them. Learn the ins and outs of running a profitable writing business from setting a realistic budget and making sound business decisions to tapping lucrative markets and invoicing and collecting like a pro. You’ll leave with greater clarity about what it really takes to thrive as an independent journalist.
– Maya Smart, freelance journalist and author

  • One-On-0ne Critiques. (Room 308)

Sign up for an individualized critique with a noted journalist. See the registration desk to sign up.

  • Google Advanced Training: Can you search better? (Room 434)

The pros from Google gives you tricks and tips to make your job easier.
– Sean Carlson, manager, global communications and public affairs, Google

9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reynolds Center Workshop: Creating Business News Videos. Room 436
Arizona State University TV-production specialist Brian Snyder leads a day-long, hands-on training to equip you with the skills and build your confidence to shoot business news videos. No previous experience with video is required. Cameras, tripods and editing equipment will be provided. (Separate registration required.)


  • How to Use Government Data/Direct from the Source (Room 430)
  • One-on-one critiques (Room 308)
  • Google Advance Training (Room 434)
  • Doing the Math: How to Run a Profitable Freelance Writing Business. (Room 432)

Noon: Conference over. Lunch on your own.
(Reynolds participants will receive lunch, and that session ends at 6 p.m.)

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Members bid $3,966 at conference auction

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By SABEW Staff

PHOENIX, April 8 – Combined silent and live auctions of enticing prizes brought in nearly $4,000 from attendees at the 47th annual SABEW conference here last month.

Auction chair and SABEW board member Dawn Wotapka of Dow Jones Newswires/The Wall Street Journal said she was pleased with her fellow business journalists’ generous participation.

“I’m delighted by this year’s total, which shows that business journalists have plenty of cash to burn. Seriously, every dollar will be used to benefit the craft. With that in mind, I aim to double the income next year!” Wotapka said.

The actual amount bid was $3,966, according to SABEW membership coordinator Mark Scarp. This figure included $1,700 bid for five big-ticket prizes – including a summertime week at a Maine lakeside cottage owned by SABEW executive director Warren Watson – raised live from the lectern at the conference’s March 20 Best in Business Awards Dinner.

The remaining $2,266 came from bids on an array of more than 40 items displayed March 19 and 20 in the Library & Resource Center at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, site of the March 19-21 conference.

These included tickets to Phoenix and New York sporting events, the press plate from the last edition of the (Denver) Rocky Mountain News from March 2009, tickets to a New York taping of culinary star Rachael Ray’s syndicated television show and to a full-blown red-carpet major-motion-picture opening later this year in either Hollywood or New York.

Funds raised from the auction will benefit SABEW’s efforts to solicit philanthropic support for its many activities and services to business-news journalists, Watson said.

SABEW would like to publicly thank everyone who placed a bid during the auction Special thanks to those listed below who were successful bidders on the offered items:

Eileen Ambrose, Nick Carey, Janet Cho, Randy Diamon, Joe Ferguson, Lisa Gibbs, Donna Hogan, Jeff Horwitz, Bernie Kohn, Debra Krol, Ania Kubicki, Andrew Leckey, Al Lewis, Anita Luera, Rebecca McClay, Jo McIntyre, Scott McKleskey, Mary Milliken, Josh Mills, Dan Ray, Rob Reuteman, Hannan Rosenthal, Mark Scarp, Walden Siew, Warren Watson, Jon Weil, Martin Wolk, Dawn Wotapka, Pamela Yip.


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Photos of SABEW executive director Warren Watson’s Winthrop, Maine lake cottage.

Feb. 8, 2010

It’s auction time!

A highlight of SABEW’s annual conference is the benefit auction – live and silent. Where else can you compete for everything from a business-card holder to an authentic editorial cartoon?

Alan Murray offered lunch and a tour of The Wall Street Journal’s glitzy new Manhattan headquarters, while Ray Hennessey is throwing in the popular Fox Business tour and steakhouse meal with talent.

There will be the usual assortment of mugs, autographed books, famous pages and T-shirts. I personally can’t wait to bid on the Times-Picayune’s “We Publish Come Hell and High Water” tee.

Here’s something new this year: We know journalists are stressed, so SABEW is stepping up to the plate. Kevin Noblet is offering up a day of guided fly-fishing on Connecticut’s famed Farmington River. (He’ll also supply grub.)

Want to use this for one week in the summer?

SABEW executive director Warren Watson is offering his lake cottage in Winthrop, Maine, up for bid in the Society’s benefit auction. The photos show the 90-year-old camp (as it is often called in Maine) both inside and out. The facility sits right on the water and rents for up to $850 per week in the summer.

Don’t worry about being competitive. This is for a good cause.

— Dawn Wotapka, auction chair, SABEW board member

Auction list as of 2/23/10

NEW — Freelance survival kit, Maya
NEW — Fly-fishing trip and lunch, Kevin Noblet
NEW — WSJ hat with spiffy sweat band, Chris “friend of SABEW” Hardesty
NEW — WSJ notebook, pen, highlighter that dispenses post-it flags, Chris
NEW — WSJ Asia shirt, travel pillow, USB port, flash drive, etc., Chris
NEW — NBC package with Jim Cramer talking bobblehead, tickets to top of the rock/NBC tour and a Vancouver Olympics hat, Marty

NEW — Copy of last edition of Rocky Mountain News (March 2009), Rob Reuteman

NEW — Copy of last edition of Tucson Citizen (May 2009), Mark Scarp

–Lunch with Alan Murray/tour of 1211 AoA, Chris Hardesty
–Alan Murray’s book (autographed), Chris Hardesty
–WSJ Guide to Information Graphics, Chris Hardesty
–WSJ umbrella, Chris
–WSJ T-shirt, Chris
–Newspaper stuff, Warren
–Rocky front page plates, Rob
–Autographed Dave Kansas book, Dawn
–Autographed WSJ small biz book, Chris Hardesty
–Times-Picayune T-shirts, Kim
–NBC items, Marty
–Week at Warren’s vacation cottage in Winthrop, Maine, Warren
–The annual board basket brimming with chocolate
–Pair of Phoenix Suns tickets for March 21, Warren

— 2 pairs of tickets to San Francisco Giants spring training baseball game 1:05 p.m. March 22 at Scottsdale Stadium, Mark Scarp

–Annual Fox biz tour, lunch with talent, Ray
–1945 miniature Baltimore Sun delivery truck/piggy bank, Bernie
–Ilyce’s book, Dawn
–Dow Jones fleecies, Dawn
–Dow Jones running shirts, Dawn
–WSJ News Hub mug, Chris Hardesty
–Two tickets to the Thomson Reuters box at Madison Square Garden for the April 11th NY Knicks vs Miami Heat game at 6:00 pm, Walden
–LAT goodies, Sharon
–Board basket with regional foods


–Reuters pictures, Walden
–LAT Hollywood access, Sharon
–CNBC tour, Marty
–Food network goodies

6 new governors join board

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Newly elected governors, from left: Kim Quillen, Kevin Hall, Walden Siew, Marty Wolk, Maya Payne Smart and Sharon Bernstein.

Newly elected governors, from left: Kim Quillen, Kevin Hall, Walden Siew, Marty Wolk, Maya Payne Smart and Sharon Bernstein.

DENVER – SABEW members also elected six new members to the Board of Governors at the conference.

Elected to serve three-year terms were:

  • Sharon Bernstein, assistant business editor, Los Angeles Times.
  • Kim Quillen, business editor, The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
  • Walden Siew, reporter, ThomsonReuters.
  • Maya Payne Smart, freelance writer.
  • Marty Wolk, executive business editor,
  • Incumbent Dave Wilson, columnist, Bloomberg News.

Kevin Hall, national economics correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers, was elected to serve the remaining year of Jill Jorden Spitz’s term. Jorden Spitz, assistant managing editor of business at the Arizona Daily Star, joined the officer’s ladder as secretary.

Greg McCune, training editor for ThomsonReuters, succeeded Bernie Kohn, formerly investigations editor at The Baltimore Sun, as president at the conference. Rob Reuteman, formerly business editor of the Rocky Mountain News, became vice president. Kevin Noblet, deputy managing editor of Dow Jones Newswires, became treasurer.

Kohn rotates to ex-officio status for the next three years.

100 Attend New York Fundraiser for Fund for the Future

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Nearly 100 New York and New Jersey area members and friends mingled on May 28, digging deep into their pockets to benefit SABEW’s Fund for the Future. The event was hosted by Paul Steiger, former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and now editor in chief of Pro Publica; and Larry Ingrassia, New York Times business editor. Guests nibbled on appetizers and sipped wine as they chatted for three hours in the historic World Room of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where the Pulitzers are announced each year. Ingrassia said donations to SABEW are needed to continued to fund “outstanding training programs” and to help journalists displaced by the recent downsizing of many news outlets. SABEW president Greg McCune told the crowd that the timing of donations was important as SABEW completes fundraising for a $50,000 challenge grant.

The event had a youth component with many student members from the University of Missouri brought by SABEW Chair Marty Steffens, as well as three Dow Jones business interns brought by Michelle LaRoche of Dow Jones Newswires. The event was coordinated by development committee members Bill Choyke, along with New York area board members Kevin Noblet, Dawn Wotapka, Walden Siew, Diana Henriques, Maya Payne Smart and Ray Hennessey. Former SABEW president Barney Calame also attended. The gathering raised nearly $3,000, with more donations coming in.

McCune said the event not only raised money for SABEW but was an opportunity for members to network. “The feedback was terrific, and attendees suggested we do more of these networking sessions.”

SABEW elects new board members, names new executives

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Greg McCune, training editor for Reuters, was named president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers during its annual conference on Monday.

Rob Reuteman, formerly business editor of the Rocky Mountain News, became vice president. Kevin Noblet, deputy managing editor of Dow Jones Newswires, became treasurer. Jill Jorden Spitz, assistant managing editor of business at the Arizona Daily Star, became secretary.

SABEW, with 3,300 members, is the leading trade group for business journalists. The three officers assumed their new jobs at the organization”™s 46th annual conference in Denver.Bernie Kohn, investigations editor at the Baltimore Sun, completed his year-long term as president at the conference.

SABEW members also elected six new members, each serving three-year terms, to the Board of Governors:

– Sharon Bernstein, assistant business editor, Los Angeles Times;

– Kevin Hall, national economics correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers;

– Kim Quillen, business editor, The New Orleans Times-Picayune;

– Walden Siew, reporter, Reuters;

– Maya Payne Smart, freelance writer;

– Marty Wolk, executive business editor,

One incumbent governor was re-elected:

– Dave Wilson, columnist, Bloomberg News.

The new and re-elected governors join these current members of SABEW¹s board:

– Becky Bisbee, business editor, Seattle Times;

– Bill Choyke, business editor, Virginian-Pilot;

– Clifford Cumber, assistant city editor, Frederick News Post;

– Ray Hennessey, director of business news, Fox Business Network;

– Diana Henriques, financial reporter, The New York Times;

– Beth Hunt, manager of editorial operations, American City Business Journals;

– Lisa Gibbs, executive business editor, The Miami Herald;

– Gail MarksJarvis, personal finance columnist, Chicago Tribune;

– David Morrow, editor in chief,;

– Dawn Wotapka, staff writer, Dow Jones Newswires;

– Pamela Yip, personal finance reporter and columnist, Dallas Morning News.

SABEW is an independent, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to encourage comprehensive reporting of economic and financial events and to upgrade the craft’s skills and knowledge through educational efforts.

SABEW is headquartered in Columbia, Mo., at the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.

Nine volunteers running for seven SABEW board seats

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Twelve SABEW members are running for the seven vacant seats on its board of governors.

The top six vote-getters will serve three-year terms, beginning at the annual meeting whenGreg McCune of Reuters succeeds President Bernie Kohn of The Baltimore Sun.

The next highest vote-getter will serve the remaining two years of the term of Jill Jorden Spitz of the Arizona Daily Star, who is joining the officer”™s ladder as treasurer.

Two candidates are incumbents:Chris Roush of the University of North Carolina andDavid Wilson of Bloomberg News.

Four incumbents decided to leave the board: John Corrigan of the Los Angeles Times,Andre Jackson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Josh Mills of Baruch College, andSusan Tompor of the Detroit Free Press.

Voting begins April 26 in Denver and closes the following day at noon. Members must attend the annual conference to vote. Institutional members receive one vote.

Immediate past president Gail DeGeorge chaired the nominating committee.

The annual conference marks the end of Jon Lansner“™s term as an ex-officio board member.

Jonathan Lansner

Jonathan Lansner

Lansner, a real estate columnist and blogger at the Orange County Register, has been a business journalist since 1983. He joined the SABEW board in the mid “˜90s. He helped organize a series of personal finance conferences, a tech conference and two annual conferences in Anaheim. He edited TBJ for more than three years before joining the officer ladder in April 2003. He served as president 2005-06.

And, we haven’t even mentioned his countless appearances as a speaker or moderator of panels at all our conferences over the years, or his writing the Biz Buzz column for many years or that he knew how to use a present-value calculator before Kathy Kristof organized a session about it.

His contributions have been enormous – and, we”™re not just talking, ya know, about, ya know, his business sense and, ya know, strategic-thinking skills.

Just don’t ask him how his Mighty Ducks are doing unless you are prepared to hear a shot-by-shot accounting of their latest game.

The board candidates were invited to provide a picture, biography and brief statement of interest. Each mentioned how the current economic turmoil has become an important issue for business journalists to own at a time when many news organizations are cutting back positions and resources, increasing the importance of SABEW”™s mission. In the interest of saving space, we are saying it once — here.

Their edited submissions begin below, in alphabetical order.

Sharon Bernstein
Assignment editor
Los Angeles Times

Sharon Bernstein

Sharon Bernstein

BIO: Sharon Bernstein is a Pulitzer-prize winning editor and reporter who currently serves as an assignment editor in the Business section of the Los Angeles Times. She handles coverage of real estate and the regional economy, and edits the Sunday section. As a reporter, she covered a variety of Business beats, including health care, entertainment, consumer electronics, real estate, retail and labor/workplace. Bernstein also has covered state and metro news and brings to her Business coverage a strong background in policy and planning issues. Her investigative work has changed laws in California and influenced national policy on television and health care.

She has worked at the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the Contra Costa Times and the San Francisco Examiner, and also has experience in TV and radio.
STATEMENT: “I would work to keep business and economic news a priority at journalistic organizations, and to develop educational programs aimed at making business reporting richer by emphasizing enterprise, people, policy and the real impact of the stories we tell. I also would aim to help SABEW have more of a voice among news organizations, and to help reporters and editors leaving traditional media find new ways to work.”

Natasha Gural
Markets Media

Natasha Gural

Natasha Gural

BIO: Natasha Gural is editor-in-chief of Markets Media, a magazine, Web site and conference provider which covers the securities industry across all asset classes. She took the helm at Markets Media on Jan. 9, 2008, launched the Web site Jan. 22, the magazine in March and the first conference on April 1. Gural joined Markets Media from Financial News, a Dow Jones company, where she was U.S. editor. Prior to Financial News, Gural worked nearly nine years at The Associated Press, most recently as a supervisory editor in Business News. She began her career at the Union-News (now The Republican) in Springfield, Mass., where she covered many beats, ranging from municipal government to crime.

STATEMENT: “I have 17 years experience working for media organizations ranging from the world’s largest news-gathering agency to a rapidly-growing startup. I will strive to communicate the importance of adapting to a changing business news environment. In this dynamic world, I believe it’s essential to learn from our colleagues’ experiences.”
Kevin G. Hall
National economics writer
McClatchy Newspapers

Kevin Hall

Kevin Hall

BIO: Kevin G. Hall is the national economics correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers in Washington, D.D. Prior to assuming this post he was the South America bureau chief based in Rio de Janeiro for the Knight Ridder chain from 1999-2004. In that capacity, he won the Society of Professional Journalists award for best foreign correspondence in 2004 for a six-month investigation into slave labor in the Amazon region and how modern-day slavery found its way to the U.S. Prior to that, Hall spent a decade in Washington, Los Angeles, Miami and Mexico City for the Journal of Commerce. Hall began his career in radio, moving on to UPI in Baltimore, later Washington and briefly Saudi Arabia. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He is a graduate of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. He is married to Clara Gonzalez de Hall and has two daughters, Alexis and Maya, as well as a very loud umbrella cockatoo named Syd.

STATEMENT: “I have spent a great deal of my career abroad and would like to help SABEW expand its foreign membership and create an awards program for foreign journalists operating in the U.S. I also have a special interest in new media.”

Julie Makinen
Deputy Business editor
International Herald Tribune

Julie Makinen

Julie Makinen

BIO: Julie Makinen is the International Herald Tribune’s deputy business editor for Asia, based in Hong Kong. Prior to that, she was deputy business editor at the Los Angeles Times. Earlier posts at the Times included deputy weekend editor and assistant foreign editor. From 1994-2000 she worked at the Washington Post as a reporter and editor in the metro and foreign news sections. She has a B.A. from Stanford in human biology and an M.A. from UCLA in East Asian studies with a focus on Japan. She studied Japanese in college and at the Hokkaido International Foundation in Hakodate, Japan. In 2004 she worked in Afghanistan with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting to launch the first independent news agency in Afghanistan.STATEMENT: “American business journalists can better serve readers — and boost their own marketability — by improving their knowledge of international trade and the global economy. I would like to help foster professional development programs along these lines, and encourage recognition of journalists doing outstanding work in this arena.”

Walden Siew

Walden Siew

Walden Siew

BIO: Walden Siew is a correspondent at Reuters in New York. He is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience covering business, politics and global markets. He was nominated for the 2008 Gerald Loeb award for beat writing and the National Journalism Award for coverage of the U.S. housing market and global credit crisis. He also is a past winner of SABEW’s Best in Business award; the Deadline Club; the Detroit Press Club’s International Wheel Award (all in 2006); the Virginia Press Association (1998); and the Keystone Press Award (1995). As a Freeman Foundation fellow at George Washington University, he focused on China studies. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Boston University, where he majored in international relations.

STATEMENT: “I am interesting in promoting business journalism, in helping foster talent, in promoting diversity in business news organizations and in learning from some of the best and brightest journalists who are current SABEW members. As a board member, I would seek to recruit more journalists and build membership from New York and at annual conventions.”

Maya Payne Smart
Freelance writer

Maya Payne Smart

Maya Payne Smart

BIO: Maya Payne Smart is a freelance business journalist whose work has appeared in Black Enterprise, Black MBA, Crain”™s Cleveland Business, GSA Business Journal and numerous trade and custom publications. She is also the author of a dozen how-to guides on topics ranging from franchising to cutting everyday expenses for In 2008, Smart served on the Membership Services Committee that planned the freelance challenge teletraining call and joined the call”™s panel of experts. She contributed to the launch of SABEW”™s freelance initiative, connecting editors and freelancers. She also helped develop a freelancer skills track for the annual conference in Denver. Smart received a bachelor”™s degree with honors in social studies from Harvard University in 2002 and a master”™s degree in editorial journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2005. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

STATEMENT: “I represent the growing number of SABEW members who run their own freelance businesses.  I believe the economic downturn brings opportunities for savvy business writers and editors. As a member of the board, I will work to ensure that SABEW continues to provide ample support, such as specialized training and networking opportunities, to promote responsible, quality business journalism.”

David Wilson

David Wilson

David Wilson

BIO: David Wilson was the second U.S. stock-market reporter hired at Bloomberg News, where he has worked since 1990. He now produces a daily financial chart and related story for the news service and discusses stocks on Bloomberg Radio. At Bloomberg, he has been the bureau chief in New York and Princeton, global training editor, managing editor for global stock markets and a columnist. He co-wrote “The Bloomberg Way,” an in-house guide to business and financial journalism. Before joining the company, Wilson spent 8 1/2 years at Dow Jones. His wife, Sandy Gonzalez, is a former Bloomberg staff member and SABEW governor. He has served on SABEW’s board for two years. He is a member of the Development Committee and has led by example, challenging his fellow governors to donate money and underwriting a student award in the Best in Business contest.

STATEMENT: “SABEW’s mission — defining and inspiring excellence in business journalism — is more important than ever. I want to continue to work to uphold the industry’s standards.”

Marty Wolk
Executive business editor

Marty Wolk

Marty Wolk

BIO: Marty Wolk is executive business editor of, in charge of business news coverage. Wolk joined as a reporter in 1999 after 10 years with Reuters, including six years as Seattle correspondent covering Microsoft and Boeing. He won a 2005 Best in Business award for the column he originated, “Eye on the Economy.” He also worked at the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and the Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria, Ohio. He has been a member of SABEW for about 15 years and has been involved for the past several years with the Best in Business contest and our Internet presence. A native of Cleveland, he lives in Seattle with his wife and two sons.STATEMENT: “I hope to help make SABEW more indispensable to business journalists by encouraging professionalism, emphasizing ethics, providing training opportunities and emphasizing the great value our group provides for the very reasonable membership fee. I hope to broaden SABEW”™s scope to include more online and broadcast media colleagues, because the future of business journalism is promising, even as the platform for delivering our product is evolving rapidly.”

2006 News: SABEW Best in Business Winners Announced

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Society of American Business Editors and Writers has named the winners in its 12th annual Best in Business contest, which recognizes the best overall publications, as well as best breaking news, enterprise and special projects reporting in business journalism during 2005.

The contest received 850 entries from daily newspapers, business weekly newspapers, magazines, wire services, and business news online sites “” up 32 percent over last year’s contest. Much of the growth was due to a new category for columnists, which proved to be an instant hit with 147 entries.

The SABEW Best in Business contest was started in 1995 to help set standards and recognize role models for outstanding business journalism.

Awards will be presented Sunday, April 30, in Minneapolis during SABEW’s 43rd annual conference. Judges comments for all winners are posted here. Additional information about the conference is available at the 2006 Annual Conference Information Page.

Best in Business winners for overall excellence, by category and listed in alphabetical order are:

GIANT Newspapers (average daily circulation 375,001 and above) 
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The New York Times 
Philadelphia Inquirer 
San Francisco Chronicle 
USA Today 
Certificates of Merit: The Boston Globe, The Newark Star-Ledger

LARGE Newspapers (circulation between 250,001 and 375,000) 
The Kansas City Star 
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
The San Jose Mercury News 
The Seattle Times
Certificate of Merit: Cleveland Plain Dealer

MEDIUM Newspapers (circulation between 125,001 and 250,000) 
Boston Herald 
Des Moines Register 
Seattle Post-Intelligencer 
Certificate of Merit: The Florida Times-Union

SMALL Newspapers (circulation 125,000 and below) 
Daily Press (Newport News, VA) 
Mobile Register 
The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA)
Scranton Times Tribune 
The State (Columbia, SC)

WEEKLY Business Newspapers 
Atlanta Business Chronicle 
Crain’s Chicago Business 
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle, WA) 
Triangle Business Journal (Raleigh, NC)
Washington Business Journal
Certificate of Merit: Pacific Coast Business Times

Best in Business winners for Breaking News coverage, by category and listed in alphabetical order:

GIANT Newspapers

  • Gary Rivlin, John Markoff, Ken Belson, Matt Richtel, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Barnaby Feder, Floyd Norris, Gretchen Morgenson, Eric Dash, and Laurie J. Flynn, The New York Times: “The Shake-Up at Hewlett-Packard”
  • Ed Silverman, The Newark Star-Ledger: “The Vioxx Verdict”

LARGE Newspapers

  • Bill Vlasic and Brett Clanton, Detroit News: “Delphi Bankruptcy – Staggering blow”
  • Therese Poletti, Dean Takahashi, Nicole C. Wong, Michelle Quinn, John Boodreau, Mike Langberg, Mike Cassidy, Sam Diaz, Donna Alvarado, Todd Woody, and Vindu Goel, San Jose Mercury News: “Why Fiorina was ousted”
  • Dominic Gates, Alicia Mundy, LukeTimmerman, Shirleen Holt, Drew DeSilver, Melissa Allison, Alwyn Scott and Rami Grunbaum, The Seattle Times: “Boeing faces CEO dilemma”

MEDIUM Newspapers

  • Greg Gatlin, Jay Fitzgerald, Brett Arends and Laura Crimaldi, The Boston Herald: “Gillette Sold for $56 Billion”

SMALL Newspapers

  • Tilde Herrera and Dana Sachez, The Herald (Bradenton, FL): “Brasota”
  • George Talbot, Sean Reilly, Andrea James, Bill Barrow and Sallie Owen, Mobile Register: “EADS lands”
  • Bart Jansen, Matt Wickenheiser, Dennis Hoey, Jen Fish, and Paul Carrier, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram: “A Bittersweet Outcome”

WEEKLY Newspapers

  • Matthew Creamer, Advertising Age: “Shona Seifert Trial”
  • Margaret Allen, Dallas Business Journal: “State will pay Vought $65M”
  • David Dinell, Lainie Mazzullo, Jerry Siebenmark, and Ken Vandruff, Wichita Business Journal: “Onex buys in”

REAL-TIME News Organizations

  • Otis Bilodeau, John Dooley, Peter Robison, Ann Saphir, Erik Schatzker, Malcolm Schearmur, Gavin Serkin, Walden Siew — Bloomberg News: “Refco’s ruin”.
  • John Biers and Andrew Dowell, Dow Jones News Service: “Hurricane Katrina approaches”
  • Neal Lipschutz and Kopin Tan, Dow Jones News Service: “Procter & Gamble acquires Gillette”

Best in Business winners for Enterprise, by category and listed in alphabetical order:

GIANT Newspapers 
Maria Saporta and Matt Kempner, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Home Depot Skimps on Philanthropy” 
Kurt Eichenwald, The New York Times: “A Sordid Online World” 
Mark Maremont, The Wall Street Journal: “Jet Green”

LARGE Newspapers 
Jeffrey Sheban, The Columbus Dispatch: “A life unraveled”Â 
Greg Griffin, The Denver Post: “A Denver power broker’s life or death drama”Â 
David Washburn and Bruce V. Bigelow, San Diego Union-Tribune: “In Harm’s Way: Titan in Iraq”

MEDIUM Newspapers 
Allison Connolly, The Virginian-Pilot: “Is it fair?”

SMALL Newspapers 
Joseph Barrios, Arizona Daily Star: “High home prices mean jail, dump make OK neighbors”
Kevin Harlin, Times Union (Albany, NY): “Tiny town a roost to big bamboozles”Â 
Gretchen Macchiarella, Ventura County Star: “Leaving Ventura County”

WEEKLY Newspapers 
Sandra Jones, Crain’s Chicago Business: “Image Trumps Reality in Urban Retail Rivalry”Â 
Eric Engleman, Puget Sound Business Journal: “Shifting Sands”Â 
Bill King and John Lombardo, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal: “A Deal Undone: The Unraveling of Atlanta’s Ownership Group”

REAL TIME News Organizations 
Paul Elias, Associated Press: “Human-animal mixing”Â 
Adam Geller, Associated Press: “Rowing against offshore”Â 
Martin Z. Braun, Darrell Preston and Liz Willen, Bloomberg News: “JP Morgan Swaps Roil Alabama on Secret Finance Deals”

Best in Business winners for Special Projects, by category and listed in alphabetical order:

GIANT Newspapers

  • Ann Hardie, Alan Judd and Carrie Teegardin, The Atlanta Journal Constitution: “Borrower beware: Why Georgia is a bad place to borrow money”
  • Barry Meier, The New York Times: “Flawed design: patients at risk”
  • Alec Klein, Washington Post: “Medical device reprocessors”

LARGE Newspapers

  • Jeffrey Sheban and Jeff Hinkley, The Columbus Dispatch: “White pearls”
  • David Milstead, Rocky Mountain News: “The PERA puzzle”
  • Luke Timmerman and David Heath, The Seattle Times: “Drug researchers leak secrets to Wall Street”

MEDIUM Newspapers

  • Binyamin Appelbaum, Ted Mellnik, and Rick Rothacker, Charlotte Observer: “The hard truth in lending”
  • Philip Brasher, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Anne Fitzgerald, and Lee Rood, Des Moines Register: “On new ground”

SMALL Newspapers

  • Janet Patton, Lexington Herald-Leader: “Wrong side of the track”
  • John Stamper, Bill Estep, and Linda Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader: “Win, lose or draw: Gambling for jobs”

WEEKLY Newspapers

  • M.C. Moewe, Jacksonville Business Journal: “Disappearances leave mystery”
  • Susan Lundine, Orlando Business Journal: “”™Outrageous”™ insurance claims”
  • Heidi Dietrich, Puget Sound Business Journal: “The road from Cuautla”

REAL-TIME News Organizations

  • David Evans, Michael Smith and Liz Willen, Bloomberg News: “Big Pharma’s shameful secret”

Best in Business winners for Columns, by category and listed in alphabetical order:

GIANT Newspapers 
Steve Bailey, Boston Globe 
Gretchen Morgenson, The New York Times 
Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post
Certificate of Merit: David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal

LARGE Newspapers 
Mitch Schnurman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
David Milstead, Rocky Mountain News 
Mike Langberg, San Jose Mercury News 
Certificates of Merit: Tannette Johnson-Elie, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and Robert Trigaux, St. Petersburg Times

MEDIUM Newspapers 
Amy Baldwin, Charlotte Observer 
David Elbert, The Des Moines 
Gregory Karp, The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)

SMALL Newspapers 
Susan Miller, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 
Eric Blom, Portland Press Herald
Marlene Kennedy, Times Union (Albany, NY)

WEEKLY Newspapers 
Greg Hinz, Crain’s Chicago Business 
Huntley Patton, Dallas Business Journal 
Mark Lacter, LA Business Journal- Mark Lachter
Certificate of Merit: Amy Higgs, Louisville Business First

REAL TIME News Organizations 
David Callaway, MarketWatch
Martin Wolk,
Colin Barr,
Certificates of Merit: Liz Pulliam Weston, MSN Money; and MP Dunleavey, MSN Money 


Emily Steel, St. Petersburg Times: “He’s the highest-paid charity executive around”
University of North Carolina
Advisor: Chris Roush.

Certificate of Merit: Katrina Altersitz and Mary Ellen Slayter, Capital News Service: “Bleeding industry turns back to Legislature for a cure”
Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Univ. of Maryland
Advisor: Steve Crane

Contact: Greg McCune, contest co-chair, (312) 408-8701, Jill Jorden Spitz, contest co-chair (520) 573-4177, or Carrie Paden, SABEW executive director, (573) 882-8985 

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