Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief, on the Most Pressing Issues in Business Journalism Today



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Matthew Winkler
Few people in journalism today can claim the reputation of Matthew Winkler, the long-time, bow-tied editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News.
A Kenyon College graduate who kicked off his career at the Ohio-based Mount Vernon News, Winkler spent 10 years as a financial reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and Dow Jones before co-founding Bloomberg News with the service’s namesake, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in 1990. From 1991 until 1994 he was also a markets columnist for Forbes. Winkler has penned two books, The Bloomberg Way: A Guide for Reporters and Editors, and Bloomberg by Bloomberg, which he co-authored.

Under the stewardship of Winkler, Bloomberg News has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes and has won more than 500 awards, according to his bio on the Bloomberg website. This includes the George Polk, Gerald Loeb, Investigative Reports & Editors and Society of Professional Journalists awards. Winkler himself is the recipient of the 2007 Gerald Loeb Foundation Lifetime achievement award.

But Bloomberg has not been immune to the changes many mainstream news organizations have been grappling with in recent years: In November the company laid off around 40 journalists across multiple departments, while also planning the expansion of coverage in emerging markets. Just prior to the layoffs, Bloomberg News and Winkler in particular were questioned by other media outlets over the company’s coverage policies in China.

Winkler joins us at Stanford University on Wednesday, February 5 at 12:15 pm PT to discuss the changing face of business journalism and the most pressing issues in the sector today.


Sports journalist, author and Stanford lecturer Gary M. Pomerantz discusses new book about 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers



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Gary M. Pomerantz

Gary M. Pomerantz

From covering college basketball and the National Football League with The Washington Post to coaching youth teams for nearly two decades, Gary M. Pomerantz (@garympomerantz) has long sported an affinity for athletics.

Pomerantz graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in history before embarking on a 17-year journey as a daily journalist, first at The Washington Post and later at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The American Journalism Review has recognized Pomerantz “among a class of reporters who combine the tenacity of investigative reporting with the deft touch of feature writers.” He has amassed a number of accolades including the Ernie Pyle Award, the nation’s top honor for human interest writing.

Their Life’s Work, Pomerantz’ fifth and newest book, explores the Pittsburgh Steelers’ dynasty in the 1970s. He met the players of that formidable team while covering an assignment as a 20-year-old sportswriting intern. Over the past few years, Pomerantz conducted more than 200 interviews in an effort to examine the game’s lasting effects on those players’ lives across the decades.

“In the early Eighties I saw players who were physical marvels breaking down on the field with horrible injuries, and carted off,” Pomerantz said. “I wondered at the time, ‘What will life be like for these guys when they are sixty?’”

His other books cover a broad spectrum of topics from Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game to a multi-generational account of Atlanta and its racial conscience.

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Pomerantz has appeared on many television and radio programs ranging from ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” to National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation.”

He was named as a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan in 1987-1988 and later served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at Emory University in Atlanta from 1999-2001.

For the past seven years, Pomerantz has served as a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford. He teaches the Sports Journalism class.

When not covering or coaching sports, Pomerantz enjoys playing them. He spent seven years as an infielder on the Mooseheads, three-time Over-40 softball champions of Corte Madera, Calif.

Books:
Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn (1996)
Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds (2001)
WILT, 1962 (2005)
The Devil’s Tickets (2009)
Their Life’s Work (2013)

Important Links:
http://www.garympomerantz.com
http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/book-reviews/2013/12/01/GLORY-DAYS.html