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Experienced journalist with an extensive investigative record covering complex financial, business, economic, legal & public-policy issues across multiple industries. Strong online & data-journalism experience & interests.  PDF  |  LinkedIn

Experience

November 2013 – present The Wall Street Journal | Special writer Cover corporate news, including financial and operational trends, employer health-care and benefits practices and more.
September 2012 – November 2013 Disclosure Matters LLC | Principal Independent research, training & freelance writing business. Outlets to which I contribute include The New York Times' DealBook blog and Quartz (qz.com), a business news site from the publishers of The Atlantic magazine.
January 2013 – May 2013 University of Maryland | Lecturer Teaching a section of Journalism 201, the introductory reporting and writing class, at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism on the College Park, Md., campus. Also helped teach a media literacy course in spring 2013.
March 2010 – present footnoted | Contributor and senior reporter I dig through public-company disclosures for hidden details to publish on footnoted.com and in the footnotedPro subscription service for professional investors. I led a major business plan revision, plus designed & built online database tools for internal use, using PHP & MySQL. Occasionally contribute to The New York Times' DealBook blog and speak to professional organizations. Part of Morningstar Inc. until September 2012.
July 2012 – August 2012 National Public Radio's Planet Money | Blogger Filled in while regular Planet Money blogger was on leave. I wrote original posts about business and the global economy; turned radio and podcast pieces into blog posts; and helped plan and report data-centered posts featuring charts and graphics.
December 2009 – March 2010 Bloomberg News | Regulatory reporter Covered housing & derivatives regulation after Bloomberg acquired BusinessWeek.
August 2008 – December 2009 BusinessWeek | Correspondent Covered business and financial regulation in Washington, D.C., including 2008 election and government response to the financial crisis and recession; wrote a mix of analytic online daily stories and more in-depth magazine pieces. Helped create widely read DC-bureau blog. Appeared regularly in web video segments & occasionally on cable news shows.
September 2000 – August 2008 The Wall Street Journal | Staff writer Covered health-care, pensions, employee benefits and executive pay issues. Wrote investigative, explanatory and personal-finance articles, spot news, industry trends and more; shot video and helped develop online graphics. Also covered life and property-casualty insurance, mutual funds and stocks.
October 1998 – September 2000 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Business writer Covered nursing-home abuse and neglect, managed care and other health-care issues for the statewide newspaper, based in Little Rock. Also covered economic development, labor and agriculture. Wrote in-depth and spot-news stories under tight deadlines, within beat and beyond. Developed packages, assisted other reporters with research, packaged data for graphics.
June 1997 – October 1998 Daily Record (of Morris County, New Jersey) | Municipal reporter Wrote regular spot-news, enterprise and in-depth stories; covered crime, schools, government, business, everything else; some courts and general assignment reporting.
March 1996 – August 1996 Publication Services Inc. | Technical production support assistant Built and maintained databases, proofread, helped develop digital and new-media products.
January 1995 – January 1996 Petersburg Pilot | Reporter-photographer Covered commercial fishing, logging, tourism, local business, city government, police, courts, everything else in Petersburg, Alaska, pop. 3,400. For six months, filled and edited each 16- to 24-page paper alone. Shot photographs and copy-edited.
August 1990 – June 1994 The Daily Illini | City-state editor, reporter, copy editor Assigned and edited stories for 20 student reporters at independent daily of the University of Illinois; covered Champaign-Urbana municipal government for a year each; wrote spot news and features.

Education

May 1997 Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Masters of Science in Journalism, with honors
May 1994 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Science in Journalism, news-editorial

Skills & expertise

General: Strong background with investigative research and reporting; analyzing corporate disclosures, legal filings, regulations and legislation; writing for general and specialist audiences; blogging and breaking news. Some experience with business development and marketing.

Technical skills: Good experience with multiple content management systems, including WordPress and Drupal, as well as web development using PHP, CSS, HTML and Drupal. Good background with database design and development using MySQL and Microsoft Acess. Some experience with Unix, feature photography, and web design. Proficient in German.

Expertise: Financial markets, investing and personal finance, financial regulation, lobbying, publicly traded companies, corporate transparency and disclosure, executive pay, accounting, mutual funds, pensions and retiree benefits, economics, health-care, hospitals, insurance (life, property-casualty and health), retirement issues, nursing-home neglect and abuse.

Awards

2009

Friends & Relatives of the Institutionalized Aged
Jack Newfield Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting
for article on nursing-home evictions
Association for Women in Communications
Clarion Award for Newspaper Investigative Series
for articles on executive pensions and Social Security*

2005

George Polk Awards
Economics reporting
for series about employers profiting from retiree health plans*
Scripps-Howard National Journalism Awards
William Brewster Styles Award for Business/Economics Reporting
for series about employers profiting from retiree health plans*
UCLA Anderson School of Business
Loeb Award for beat writing
for “The Short Life of 'Lifetime' Health-Care Benefits"*

2004

UCLA Anderson School of Business
Loeb Award for deadline writing
for team coverage of “The Day Grasso Quit as NYSE Chief"
New York Press Club
Business reporting award
for “Hidden Roots of the Pension Crisis”*

2003

Pulitzer Prizes
Explanatory reporting
for team coverage of corporate scandals
George Polk Awards
Financial reporting
for series on firms that benefit by buying life-insurance on workers*
Society of American Business Editors & Writers
Projects
for “What’s Wrong” series on corporate scandals (team)