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Matthew Winkler joins board of directors of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists


8/6/2004


CONTACT:
Sue Porter, President, 513/977-3030 or porters@scripps.com
Joyce Dobson, Director of Development, 317/927-8000 or jdobson@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS— The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists announces the election of Matthew Winkler to its board of directors. Winkler is editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News, a global news service founded in 1990.

Bloomberg News has 1,750 editors and reporters in print and broadcast media in 101 bureaus throughout North America, Europe and the Far East and produces more than 4,500 stories daily on the economy, companies, governments, financial and commodity markets as well as sports, politics and policy.

Winkler received the New York Financial Writers Association 2003 Elliott V. Bell Award for making a “significant long-term contribution to the advancement of financial journalism” and he was named one of the Business News Luminaries of the Century by Mastercard/The TJFR Group. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s ban on selective disclosure of corporate information, known as Reg FD, was prompted by Bloomberg News reporting of market manipulation in the 1990s.

Winkler is co-author of Bloomberg by Bloomberg, published April 1997 by John Wiley & Son. Between 1991 and 1994, while editing Bloomberg News, he wrote the Capital Markets column for Forbes magazine.

“Matt Winkler is an extraordinary newsman who built from scratch a news organization with exceptionally high standards that employs more than 8,000 people and spans the globe,” said Betsy Ashton, member of the SDX Foundation board and Executive Editor of Great Giving, Inc. “Few people alive or dead have ever done that. We are honored to have his support.”

His dedication to quality journalism is further evidenced by his acceptance of our invitation to join the SDX board,” said Sue Porter, Sigma Delta Chi Foundation president. “The SDX Foundation, the profession it serves and the organizations it supports will benefit from Matt Winkler’s expertise, insight and leadership.”

Winkler began his career as a reporter for the Mount Vernon News, as a public relations specialist for Gehrung Associates and as reporter and assistant editor at The Bond Buyer. Between July 1980 and February 1990, Winkler was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and news services of its parent, Dow Jones & Co. At the Journal, he was responsible for credit markets, corporate finance and the securities industry from 1987 to 1990 in New York. He served as European financial correspondent for The Wall Street Journal/Europe and the Wall Street Journal in London from 1982 to 1987. He helped conceive the Dow Jones Capital Markets Report in 1980 and was responsible for its first scoop: the collapse of Drysdale Government Securities.

Winkler was born in New York City in 1955 and is a graduate of Kenyon College with an A.B. in history and an honorary doctorate of laws. He is chairman of the board of trustees of The Kenyon Review, an international literary journal; an adviser to the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship Program at Columbia University and the business journalism program of the City University of New York; a director of the International Center for Journalists; a trustee of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Founded in 1961, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that those who carry on the tradition of a free press are prepared for the challenge. Its goal is to support the educational programs of the Society of Professional Journalists and to serve the professional needs of journalists and students pursuing careers in journalism.



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