Last year had the most large corporate bankruptcy filings (of $50 million or more) since the Great Recession. This Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) training session will help journalists understand and report on bankruptcies and debt — even if this isn’t their beat.
Attendees will learn the types of bankruptcy filings, how to use the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system and more. You’ll also learn about the different types of debt and how to find and use corporate credit ratings in your reporting.
Claire Boston is a team leader at Bloomberg News, where she oversees distressed debt and bankruptcy coverage for North America. She’s spent six years at Bloomberg, primarily covering the $10 trillion corporate bond market. Earlier in her career, she reported on business and politics for newspapers in Missouri and Arkansas. She has bachelor’s degrees in journalism and economics from the University of Missouri and is a CFA Charterholder.
Maria Chutchian has been covering corporate and municipal bankruptcies for nine years, first with Law360, then Debtwire, and for the past year, Reuters. She has covered high-profile cases including Purdue Pharma, Boy Scouts, the National Rifle Association, JC Penney, and Puerto Rico. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Emerson College.
Tom Hals covers legal issues for Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news agency. He spent eight years helping to lead the company’s U.S. bankruptcy reporting, covering major cases such as that of the Caesars casino business to the industry-wide disruption in the retail and energy sectors. Prior to taking up his current position in 2009, he worked as editor and reporter in New York, London, Tokyo, Philadelphia and New Orleans during his 25-year career in financial news.
Alexander Saeedy is a reporter with the Wall Street Journal on its Pro Bankruptcy team. He previously worked at Reorg Research, S&P’s Leveraged Commentary & Data, and Euromoney, covering distressed debt, bankruptcy, and leveraged finance. He won a Overseas Press Club Fellowship in 2015, which placed him at Reuters News during the height of the Greek debt crisis Reuters News in Brussels, where he later worked as a freelancer for two years and wrote for Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Vice and other outlets.