I’m a Washington-based reporter with more than a decade of experience digging into complex financial, regulatory, economic, legal and public-policy issues and explaining them to general audiences, mostly while at major national news organizations. I've won multiple national journalism awards, primarily during my eight years at The Wall Street Journal. At BusinessWeek during the height of the financial crisis and its aftermath, I covered financial regulation and efforts to revamp the global financial system, including U.S. bailouts and regulatory reform, G-20 policy pronouncements, and international coordination on bank capital requirements.
I currently write about a range of corporate governance, accounting and disclosure issues, for Quartz, The New York Times' DealBook, and for footnoted, a blog and subscription service for professional investors. I've also launched an independent research company, Disclosure Matters (more detail here, or see the company website) and teach introductory reporting and news writing at the University of Maryland. During July and early August 2012, I blogged about business and the global economy for NPR's Planet Money. I'm available to speak, and to help others learn how to make better use of corporate disclosures.
My goal with this site is to bring together the various threads of my professional life, including current jobs, past work and future projects. You can see some of my work from over the years featured below. To the right, and at the TheoWire link, is a combined feed of all my new work, both from this site and from outside publications.
At the left are links to various current and past projects, each of which includes a variety of recent and featured articles and blog posts.
Deferred-Compensation Plans Give Tax Benefits, But Are Poorly Disclosed and Add to Liability
The use of figures that exclude certain items is becoming more prominent in corporate filings
Outside directors have connections to companies and executives they oversee