Matthew Winkler (journalist)

Matthew Winkler
Born (1955-06-01) June 1, 1955
New York City, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Kenyon College
Occupation Editor in Chief of Bloomberg News
Spouse(s) Lisa Klein Winkler

Matthew Winkler (born June 1, 1955) is an American journalist who is a co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News, part of Bloomberg L.P.[1] He is also co-author of Bloomberg by Bloomberg and the author of The Bloomberg Way: A Guide for Reporters and Editors.[1][2]

Personal Life and Education

Winkler was born June 1, 1955 in New York City and was raised in Grand View, New York. He attended Kenyon College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in history and later, an honorary doctorate of laws. Winkler is married to Lisa Klein Winkler. The couple has three children and lives in New Jersey.[3]

Early career

Winkler began his journalism career at the Kenyon Collegian and later, at a local paper, the Mount Vernon News while he was a student at Kenyon College.[3][4] Following his years at the Mount Vernon News, Winkler worked as a New York-based reporter and assistant editor at The Bond Buyer. Between 1980 and 1990, Winkler was a reporter in London and New York for The Wall Street Journal, a reporter for Barron's, and the founding editor/reporter for the Dow Jones Capital Markets Report. Between 1991 and 1994, he wrote the Capital Markets column for Forbes magazine.[5]

Bloomberg News

After working at The Wall Street Journal for 10 years, Winkler left in 1990 when he co-founded Bloomberg News with Michael Bloomberg and became its editor-in-chief.[6] Originally founded to provide financial bulletins to augment Bloomberg terminal service,[7] Bloomberg News has since grown to include a wire service, a global television network, radio station, website, subscription-only newsletters and two magazines, Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Markets.[6] In 2011, Bloomberg News included more than 2,300 editors and reporters in 72 countries and 146 news bureaus worldwide.[1]

In 1997, Winkler partnered with Michael Bloomberg to write his autobiography, Bloomberg by Bloomberg. The book chronicles the development of Bloomberg, L.P., from niche financial data provider in 1981 to global financial information services and media company 15 years later.[8]

The Bloomberg Way

Winkler is known for his enforcement of the "Bloomberg Way," which includes a 300 plus-page guide outlining Bloomberg News reporting standards and its ethics and values.[1][9] Reporters following the "Bloomberg Way" are instructed to consider the "Five Fs": factual word, first word, fastest word, final word and future word.[2][10]

Awards and Honors

Winkler received the 2003 New York Financial Writers' Association Elliot V. Bell Award for making a "significant long-term contribution to the advancement of financial journalism."[11] In 2007, Winkler was awarded the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award for business and financial reporting[12] and the Gerald Loeb Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals whose careers exemplify "consistent and superior insight and professional skills" to further the understanding of business, finance and the economy.[13] He received the National Council for Research on Women Award in 2010, which recognizes "leaders who are making a difference for women in business, government, higher education, communications and across sectors."[14]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Cult of Bloomberg way underpinned by accuracy". The Australian. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  2. 1 2 "Bloomberg's Matthew Winkler is following the money". The Guardian. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  3. 1 2 "Winkler's Luck". Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  4. "A conversation with Bloomberg News EIC Matthew Winkler and Dean Susan King". YouTube. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  5. "Matthew Winkler: Editor-In-Chief of Bloomberg News". Bloomberg Press Room. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  6. 1 2 "The Bloomberg Juggernaut". American Journalism Review. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  7. Make it New: Essays in the History of American Business. iUniverse. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  8. "How to Succeed in the Business News Business". The New York Times. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
  9. "Zillow Speaker Series: Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg News Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief". YouTube. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  10. "La leçon inaugurale de Matthew Winkler à l'Ecole de journalisme de Sciences Po". DailyMotion. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  11. "Elliott V. Bell Award Winners". New York Financial Writers' Association. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  12. "Winners of Emmy Awards for Business & Financial Reporting Announced by National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  13. "Anderson School names 2007 Gerald Loeb Awards finalists". Poynter. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  14. "Making a Difference for Women Awards Dinner 2010". The National Council for Research on Women. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
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