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.
Dan Colarusso: A behind the scenes look with the man in charge at CNBC
As the son of a butcher, Dan Colarusso grew up seeing how the sausage got made. Now, he oversees sausage making of a different type. As Senior Vice President of Business News at CNBC, Dan is the man behind all the decisions that affect the network’s programming. He has honed his news judgment and style over the course of 40 years, influenced by stops at Bloomberg, The NY Post, Reuters and TheStreet.com. On this episode of Press Profiles, Dan explains how he uses the three C’s – “Characters, Conflicts and Companies” – to make business news interesting and relevant to the millions of viewers he hopes to empower. We discuss all that plus, his favorite meals to cook, the struggles of the New York Mets, Taylor Swift, “double-assed goats” and of course, a whole lot more.
John Micklethwait: Setting the tone at Bloomberg News
Bloomberg News is one of the biggest news organizations globally, with 2,400 reporters, and coverage that reaches every medium from wires, to broadcast, to print, and radio - and John Micklethwait is the man that sits atop of it all. On this episode of Press Profiles, we discuss John's career journey from The Economist to Bloomberg, some of his favorite interviews (which include sitting down with Putin), where Bloomberg is headed next, his foray into screenwriting, his early career as "not a particularly stellar banker", the challenges of rooting for Leicester City, and of course, a whole lot more.
Abe Madkour: Exploring the game behind the game with Sports Business Journal's Executive Editor
Most sports reporters sit in the press box. Abe Madkour’s staff of reporters sit in the C-Suite. On this episode of Press Profiles, we sit down with Sports Business Journal’s Publisher and Executive Editor to explore his love for the "game behind the game" and how he has built an industry-renowned publication that covers the business of sports. We get into his early days, starting in politics, then sports, and eventually making the transition to journalism. Early on he had to wake up early, gather newspapers, and compile them into what was then "Sports Business Daily". That beginning has grown into a career leading a staff of 130 employees in bureaus across the country. We also discuss the hottest topics in sports business today including NIL, athletes growing their business portfolios, the evolution of sponsorships, changes in team ownership, and of course, a whole lot more.
Mina Al Oraibi: On Location in Abu Dhabi with the Editor in Chief of The National newspaper
On this edition of Press Profiles, we head to the Middle East to sit down with the head of one of the leading news organizations in the UAE. Mina Al Oraibi was born in Iraq, and growing up her and her family were exiles in Saudi Arabia. She has spent time in the UK, US, and now the UAE. She shares her global perspective and a lifetime of experiences, plus what it’s like to be at the helm of large news organization in one of the most dynamic regions of the world.
CNBC's Bob Pisani: 10,000 bell ringings on the floor of the NYSE and counting…
The NYSE is an institution, and so is Bob Pisani. The CNBC veteran has been manning the floor of the exchange for the business network for more than 25 years. On this edition of Press Profiles, we hear about his encounters with notable luminaries such as Walter Cronkite, Muhammad Ali, and Barry Manilow (who knew he wrote the State Farm jingle?). We also discuss music posters, ignoring his dad's career advice, and many of his phrases to live by including, “when drinking with traders, stay one drink behind, and shut up.”
Reuters' Peter Thal Larsen: At the forefront of turning breaking news into Breakingviews
Peter Thal Larsen's career was shaped in part by the great financial crisis. As a reporter for the Financial Times, he had a front row seat to all the action. From there, he pivoted to Reuters’ financial commentary site, Breakingviews, and a little over a year ago he took the helm of the organization as Global Editor. We discuss that journey and the differences between reporting on the news and commenting on it. We also talk eBikes, the social media site Blue Sky, growing up in the Netherlands, baking bread, where he is steering Breakingviews, and of course, a whole lot more.