SOURCE: Society of American Business Editors & Writers

March 02, 2009 15:29 ET

Steiger, Bryant Quinn, Ingrassia Highlight SABEW Town Hall Meeting on Financial Crisis and the Media

COLUMBIA, MO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - Former Wall Street Journal Managing Editor and ProPublica Chief Executive Paul Steiger will chair a "town hall" critique of the business media and the financial crisis to open the Society of American Business Editors and Writers annual meeting April 26 in Denver.

A star-studded panel -- personal finance columnist Jane Bryant Quinn, New York Times Business Editor Larry Ingrassia, Columbia Journalism Review writer Dean Starkman and University of Michigan professor Greg Miller -- will join Steiger in discussing scoops and successes, as well as criticism of the business media's handling of the crisis story, and any lessons learned.

Leaders from the Denver business community will be invited to attend the discussion.

The event will kick off the three-day SABEW conference, which is packed with authoritative speakers and practical skills sessions. Another highlight of the conference will be the presentation of awards in the society's annual Best in Business competition, the largest such business journalism contest in the country.

The conference will be held at the Westin Tabor Hotel in downtown Denver. Register now to get our discounted early-bird rate. For registration and other details, see our Web site

Steiger left the Journal at the end of 2007 to launch ProPublica, an independent investigative journalism nonprofit. Under his leadership as managing editor from 1991 to 2007, the paper won 16 Pulitzer Prizes. Steiger is also the chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists and a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Bryant Quinn is a columnist for Bloomberg News and a contributing editor for Newsweek. She is the best-selling author of numerous books, has made countless television and speaking appearances and is frequently described as the nation's leading personal finance writer. She was named by the World Almanac as one of the 25 most influential women in the United States.

Ingrassia joined the Times in 2004 after 25 years at the Wall Street Journal. At the Journal, he rose to become assistant managing editor, was editor of the paper's Money & Investing section and served as its bureau chief in Boston and in London.

Starkman runs The Audit, an online critique of financial journalism that is part of the Columbia Journalism Review. Previously, he spent eight years as a reporter for the Journal, covering white collar crime, the paper industry, real estate and eminent domain.

Miller teaches accounting at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. Before joining the faculty there, he taught for 10 years at the Harvard Business School.

At Harvard, Miller's research found that business journalists identified problems in nearly a third of 260 accounting fraud cases, before the Securities and Exchange Commission or the companies involved disclosed that they were targets of investigations.

SABEW, founded in 1964, has more than 3,000 members. It is the world's largest association of journalists covering business, finance and the economy.

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Contact Information

  • For more information, contact
    Dave Beal
    Acting Executive Director
    University of Missouri School of Journalism
    30 Neff Annex
    Columbia, MO 65211
    Main telephone: 573-882-7862