The One-Time Only “Shutdown Feddie” Award

The Wall Street Journal 2013

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Angus Loten is a New York-based reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he writes about startups, entrepreneurship and small business. He joined the Journal in July 2010, covering Canadian politics and economics in the Parliament Hill bureau in Ottawa, and has been focused on covering small business since January 2011. His coverage for the Journal has included a front-page investigative story exposing mismanagement and fraud in a federal immigrant-investor program. Other stories have included the misuse of a Treasury-funded program by small banks to repay separate federal bailout loans, and ongoing efforts by small firms to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, among hundreds of other print and online stories. He has also been an online reporter for Inc and Fast Company magazines in New York. A native of Canada, Mr. Loten began his journalism career at the Montreal Gazette in 2001. He is a graduate of Columbia University, with both a Masters of Science in Journalism (2005) and a Masters of Arts in Business Journalism (2010), and was the 2010 recipient of the Greer Award for Business Journalism.

Doug Cameron covers the defense industry and supports the Chicago bureau’s airline and aerospace coverage.  He was formerly deputy bureau chief of the integrated Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones bureau in Chicago, a position he held from July 2011 to August 2013. Since 2008, Mr. Cameron served as Chicago bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires. Mr. Cameron has covered, the transportation industry, manufacturing, agribusiness, exchanges, trading and everything else that makes Chicago tick. He also reports and writes regularly about airlines. Prior to Dow Jones, Mr. Cameron worked for seven years as a reporter and editor at the Financial Times in Chicago, Houston and London,  and other airline or financial publications.  He has degrees in Economics and Politics from Aberdeen University.

Elizabeth Williamson is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal covering national politics. She is a feature writer in the bureau, writing profiles, analysis and counterintuitive stories that provide a broader sweep on the Journal’s coverage of breaking news. Before joining the Journal in February 2008, Ms. Williamson worked for the Washington Post from 2003.  She has covered the federal government, Congress, consumer product safety as well the response to Hurricane Katrina and government contracting problems.  Ms. Williamson began her journalism career as a foreign correspondent in 1994.  From 1994 to 2003 she worked as a freelance journalist for several publications, including The Wall Street Journal, from the Balkans, Russia, the Baltic states and broader Eastern Europe.  In 2000 she was hired by the Journal to be its one-person Warsaw bureau, covering Poland and the surrounding countries.  Ms. Williamson received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marquette University.  She was born in Chicago, Illinois and resides in Washington, D.C.

James R. (Bob) Hagerty, based in Pittsburgh, covers manufacturing for The Wall Street Journal and is based in Pittsburgh. Over the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, editor and bureau chief for The WSJ and the International Herald Tribune in Hong Kong, London, Brussels, Paris, Atlanta and New York. He holds a degree in economics from the University of North Dakota. He is the author of “The Fateful History of Fannie Mae” (History Press, 2012).  Mr. Hagerty was a member of a Wall Street Journal team that won the Distinguished Business Reporting award, for articles about the subprime mortgage crisis, granted by the New York Newspaper Publishers Association in April 2008. He was one of three Wall Street Journal reporters awarded the 2008 Excellence in Urban Journalism Award.

John W. Miller covers global mining and metals for The Wall Street Journal and has been based in Pittsburgh since 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Miller covered trade, shipping, EU and Belgian politics, and the Belgian beer industry from Brussels. Since joining the Journal in 2006, he has reported from 28 countries, written 25 Aheds – light entertaining features – and covered sports, especially baseball, and covering the Tour de France and the soccer World Cup. After stints at The Bulletin and TIME, in 2004 Mr. Miller joined Dow Jones Newswires, where he won the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz prize for a series about the effects of EU macroeconomic policies on Europeans, and wrote some of the first in-depth stories on Greece’s budding deficit problems. Mr. Miller holds a BA in International Studies with a minor in English from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD.

Laura Meckler is a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, covering immigration and other social policy issues. She has been a White House reporter and was part of the Journal team covering the 2008 and 2012 elections. Ms. Meckler started her career as a staff reporter for The Repository in Canton, Ohio, in 1990. After four and a half years at The Repository, she became a statehouse reporter for Thomson Newspapers in Columbus, Ohio, where she reported until October of 2005. From there, Ms. Meckler joined the Associated Press as a reporter in Columbus, and in March of 2006, she became a national staff writer based in Washington, D.C. Ms. Meckler has been a member of the board of directors of Washington University’s Student Media Inc. since 1999; she currently serves as vice president. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University from 2003 – 2004. In 1999, she won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, a prize given to journalist under the age of 35, for her coverage of organ donation and transplantation issues. Ms. Meckler graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990, and currently resides in Washington D.C.

Ruth Simon is a New York-based senior special writer covering small business and entrepreneurship for The Wall Street Journal. She previously was a senior special writer for the Real Estate Group, writing about mortgages and housing, and before that had been a senior special writer for Personal Journal and a reporter for the Money & Investing Section. Ms. Simon had worked for Money magazine in New York for more than seven years. She was with Forbes magazine from October 1983 to December 1990.  She started as a reporter and researcher in New York and later became a staff writer in Chicago and New York, respectively. She began her journalism career in 1981 as editor of People & Taxes in Washington, D.C., and moved to the National Law Journal in Washington as a reporter in May 1982.  Ms. Simon was part of a team of Wall Street Journal reporters that won a “Distinguished Business Reporting” award in 2008 from the New York Newspaper Publishers Association for a package of stories on the subprime mortgage crisis. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Simon attended Vassar College and received a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Yale University.

Sarah E. Needleman is an assistant news editor for The Wall Street Journal.  She is responsible for reporting and editing stories on small businesses, startups and entrepreneurship. Previously, Ms. Needleman covered career-related topics in the business world including online job hunting, executive recruitment and career management. She has also worked as a page designer, proofreader, and reporter for The Home News & Tribune, a daily Gannett Co. newspaper in East Brunswick, N.J. Earlier, she was an editor and reporter in central New Jersey for The South Brunswick Post and The Cranbury Press, weekly Princeton Packet Inc. newspapers. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Rutgers University in 1997 and currently resides in Jersey City, N.J.

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