Matt Winkler, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News, will give the William J. O’Neil Lecture in Business Journalism at SMU at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Winkler’s topic will be “Truth in the age of Twitter,” a discussion of the intersection of journalism and social media. The lecture takes place in Room 241 of the Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer St. on the SMU campus. Admission is free, and tickets are not required. For further information call 214-768-3695. The O’Neil Lecture Series is presented by the Division of Journalism at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.
Winkler founded the global news service Bloomberg News with Michael Bloomberg in 1990. Bloomberg News, which includes 1,900 editors and reporters in more than 150 bureaus serving print and broadcast media throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, produces more than 5,000 stories daily on the economy, companies, governments, financial and commodity markets as well the arts and sports. Winkler received the 2007 Gerald Loeb Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing “exceptional career achievements in business, financial and economic news writing,” the 2007 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences “Emmy” Lifetime Achievement Award for business and financial reporting and the 2003 New York Financial Writers’ Association Elliott V. Bell Award for making a “significant long-term contribution to the advancement of financial journalism.” He received the National Council for Research on Women award in 2010 for promoting women. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s ban on selective disclosure of corporate information, known as Reg FD, was prompted by Bloomberg News’ reporting of market manipulation in the 1990s and the Federal Reserve’s disclosure of unprecedented loans during the 2007-2008 financial crisis resulted after courts affirmed Bloomberg’s Freedom of Information Act requests to the central bank.
Winkler is co-author of Bloomberg by Bloomberg (April 1997, John Wiley & Sons) and author of The Bloomberg Way: A Guide for Reporters and Editors (Wiley). Between 1991 and 1994, he wrote the Capital Markets column for Forbes magazine. Between July 1980 and February 1990, Winkler was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, and news services of parent Dow Jones & Co. in New York and in London. Winkler also was a New York-based reporter and assistant editor at The Bond Buyer (1978-1980) and a reporter for the Ohio-based Mount Vernon News (1976-1977).
A graduate of Kenyon College, Winkler is a trustee of Kenyon and The Kenyon Review; trustee of the business journalism program of the City University of New York; director of the International Center for Journalists; board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York and the International Women’s Media Foundation; chairman of the board of Knight-Bagehot Fellowship Program at Columbia University; and a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia College.
The William J. O’Neil Lecture Series in Business Journalism brings outstanding business journalism professionals to the SMU campus each semester. It is part of a cooperative program in financial reporting developed in 2007 by the Meadows School Division of Journalism and the Cox School of Business at SMU, through funding from William J. O’Neil, an SMU alumnus and chairman and CEO of Investor’s Business Daily.
The Division of Journalism, under Belo Foundation Endowed Distinguished Chair Tony Pederson, offers concentrations in all media – broadcast, print and Internet – through its journalism convergence program. With the help of a gift from the Belo Foundation, the Division has become one of the few journalism schools in the country to provide hands-on experience through a new digital newsroom, television studio and Web site.