Business journalism has seldom been more important. Finance has been at the heart of major stories from Trump to Brexit in recent years.There are stories behind behind every company report, the monthly jobs report, the latest government figures on growth. The financial decisions companies make and the economic and trade policies that governments pursue have a direct impact on everyone’s life. But many journalists – and readers – find tackling finance stories daunting and are sometimes unsure of where to look for the facts that matter and how to interpret them. The panel will look at how to bring finance and economics stories to life, making concrete how business and economics affects real people’s lives.
Speakers: Julia Carpenter, Sonari Glinton, Chris Martin, Steven Overly, Dominic Rushe
JULIA CARPENTER is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she covers personal finance. She has reported on culture, gender, business and more for publications including The Washington Post, CNN Business and Glamour, among others. Her work at CNN Business won a 2019 Excellence in Journalism Award from NLGJA.
A reporter and producer, SONARI GLINTON, the founder of DeLite! Media, served as a correspondent on NPR’s Business Desk and the ground-breaking NPR podcast “Planet Money.” Glinton began in journalism as producer at WBEZ followed by NPR’s “All Things Considered.” He also began a more than decade-long relationship with Youth Radio, mentoring, teaching and reporting NPR stories with teens. Glinton has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting for his role in uncovering abuse and corruption in Cook County juvenile system, which led to widespread reform in the system. Most recently he received the Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting into President Trump’s business practices. He serves as an adviser to The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University.
CHRIS MARTIN is a cleantech & renewable energy reporter at Bloomberg News.
STEVEN OVERLY covers the intersection of technology, policy and politics for POLITICO. His reporting primarily focuses on Silicon Valley’s efforts to shape public policy in the nation’s capital, and the tech industry’s fraught relationship with Congress and the Trump administration. Prior to joining POLITICO, Overly worked for seven years as a business reporter at The Washington Post, most recently writing and editing news about automation, artificial intelligence and self-driving vehicles. He previously covered the technology, biotechnology and venture capital industries in the Washington metropolitan region. Overly graduated with a master’s degree from Columbia University, where he studied as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in economics and business journalism, and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. He currently resides in Washington, D.C., and serves as president of the local NLGJA chapter.
DOMINIC RUSHE is business editor for Guardian US and is based in New York. He writes on all aspects of business and economics as well as covering other areas including arts, literature and LGBTQ issues. Previously, Rushe worked for The Sunday Times in London as a media correspondent and for the Daily Mail. Rushe was part of the Guardian team that won the 2014 Pulitzer prize for public service journalism.