These are the top journalists that drive the news cycle, but what drives them? Industry veteran Russell Sherman sits down with some of the most influential journalists in business news to hear their backstories, memorable moments, and latest perspective on the news today. They are used to asking the questions, now we’ll “turn the tables” and get a behind-the-scenes look on how the news gets made.
Howard Kapiloff: Behind the Scenes of Hedge Fund Alert, the little newsletter that makes a big impact.
Howard Kapiloff loves writing about characters; it’s no wonder he ended up covering the hedge fund industry. For more than 20 years he has been following the ups and downs of the smart and intriguing cast of characters that make up the industry. On this episode we talk about how he helps fill the pages of Hedge Fund Alert each week, how the industry has changed, playing the long game, using Bruce Springsteen references to get managers to open up, coaching soccer, Borscht Belt humor, and of course….a whole lot more.
Matt Turner: The inside story of Insider’s Editor in Chief
Matt Turner never dreamed of being a journalist. But, a random comment in a bar set him on his way. On this episode of Press Profiles, Insider’s Editor in Chief tells us about his fortuitous path into journalism, taking the leap from The Wall Street Journal into the unknown, utilizing data to understand what readers want, ultra-marathons, being confused for the US World Cup soccer goalie, and of course, a whole lot more.
Matt Wirz: Helping readers of the Wall Street Journal make sense of the credit markets for more than a dozen years.
Matt Wirz was always good with words. But, it took a stint living in Moscow listening to the stories of other reporters to know that he wanted to be one, too. Now, after over a decade in the industry, including 12 years at The Wall Street Journal, Matt has covered all sides of the credit and fixed income world. On this episode of Press Profiles, we cover Matt’s upbringing as the child of immigrants, his road to reporting, how he comes up with the perfect lead, what happens when the reporter becomes part of the story, his love for the Wall Street Journal colleagues and his post-Covid personal transformation.
Carleton English: From catchy headlines at the NY Post to getting the last word at Barron's.
Carleton English likes to dabble. From dancing the tango, to drinking whiskey, to sampling Broadway; a little bit of everything has made for an interesting life. On this edition of Press Profiles, we dive into her impressive career journey including her pivot from the irreverent NY Post to straight-laced Barron’s, her commitment to financial literacy, her Pete Sampras obsession, and of course, a whole lot more.
Michael de la Merced: The New York Times veteran on the early days of DealBook and his journalism school set back that turned out to be a blessing in disguise
Michael de la Merced was employee number four at a new “blog” from The New York Times called DealBook. Now, almost twenty years later, DealBook is one of the first emails opened every morning by leaders across the financial industry. On this episode of Press Profiles, we talk about landing that first job at the Times, his “soft spot” for white collar crime, what it’s like being married to someone in PR, cooking, Taylor Swift, exotic dancers, and of course, a whole lot more.
Sonali Basak: The Bloomberg TV Anchor and Reporter on her approach to interviews, mid-day runs, “mapping out” her source list, and her belief that you don’t get points in heaven for being a jerk
Sonali Basak has rapidly made her mark at Bloomberg, interviewing industry titans and breaking stories. On this episode of Press Profiles, we talk to Sonali about ditching medicine to follow her passion as a reporter, her crazy schedule at Bloomberg (kept in check by four different calendars), building and maintaining an impressive source list, what makes for a great interview, taking advantage of social media metrics, and a whole lot more about the life she calls “a beautiful mess that’s still being untangled.”