Matthew Winkler, editor-in-chief for Bloomberg News, will discuss the role of the economy in the 2012 U.S. Presidential election on Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in UNC’s George Watts Hill Alumni Center. It is free and open to the public.
Winkler’s talk, titled “2012: The Economy Election,” is the Reed Sarratt Distinguished Lecture in the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Winkler will address the number one issue driving the U.S. election – the economy. From the treasury market to jobs and the Federal Reserve, from tax income to private equity and bailouts, the election is bringing the economy to the forefront of American conversation.
Business journalism majors Alex Barinka and Caroline Schaberg, both former Bloomberg interns, will interview Winkler on stage following his remarks. Barinka is the managing editor of the journalism school’s experimental Reese News Lab.
“The biggest story this year in journalism will be the 2012 campaign and election,” said Susan King, dean of the journalism school. “Many analysts believe the most important issue in the campaign will be the economy.
"Winkler’s perspective and his news organization’s role in telling that story will be great context for students who are witnessing, some for the first time, a presidential election up close.”
Bloomberg has awarded internships to 41 UNC business journalism students since 2006, and it has hired 17 graduates to work in its New York, London, Tokyo, Washington, San Francisco and Mumbai offices. The school began a partnership last year with Bloomberg in which its editors and reporters teach advanced business reporting courses in the school.
Winkler founded Bloomberg News with Michael Bloomberg in 1990. The global news service, twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist, includes 2,300 news and multimedia professionals in 146 bureaus and produces more than 5,000 stories daily on the economy, companies, governments, markets, arts and sports.
Winkler co-authored “Bloomberg by Bloomberg” and authored “The Bloomberg Way: A Guide for Reporters and Editors.” He has been a reporter, editor or columnist for publications including Forbes magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. Among numerous awards, Winkler has won the Gerald Loeb Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences “Emmy” Lifetime Achievement Award and the New York Financial Writers Association Elliott V. Bell Award.
He is a director of the International Center for Journalists and serves on the boards of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York and the International Women’s Media Foundation.
The Reed Sarratt Distinguished Lecture is named for the former longtime executive director of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. Sarratt was a Charlotte, N.C., native and a 1937 UNC graduate. Paul Steiger, editor-in-chief, CEO and president of ProPublica, a non-profit investigative journalism news organization, delivered the previous Sarratt Lecture in February.