A Partner in Changing the Media Landscape
Bloomberg News’ Editor-In-Chief Matthew Winkler Shares The Press Club’s President’s Award
BY PATT MORRISON
Unlike his partner in the founding of Bloomberg News, Matthew Winkler is a native New Yorker, but he spent his college years and his early journalism career in Ohio.
Last year, Winkler accompanied one of his three children Lydia, his fellow Kenyon College graduate back to his professional journalism alma mater, Ohio’s Mount Vernon News. Here is his own job description, and how he got bitten by the newspaper bug: “I did everything. It was the first newspaper job I had outside of editing the college newspaper for two years. When I arrived, I was immediately covering police, courts, county government, sports and even did community feature stories.
“There wasn’t any beat I wasn’t exposed to from the moment I started. It couldn’t have been more exhilarating for me. The way I thought about being a newspaperman is I get to ask all the questions I want and someone cuts me a check at the end of the week. What a great way to go through life.”
Here it is, more than 30 years later. The Mount Vernon News is still published six days a week and distributed to 10,000 homes. It also has a website and a paywall.
Winkler is now the editor-in-chief of an international Bloomberg staff numbering nearly 2,000 journalists who also ask questions and get a check at the end of the week part thanks to Winkler. He is sharing the Los Angeles Press Club’s President’s Award for Impact on Media with Michael Bloomberg.
Winkler’s own escape velocity took him back to the East Coast and New York, where he wrote for the Wall Street Journal and Forbes, among others. In 1990, he and future mayor Bloomberg co-founded Bloomberg News.
He has also served on the Committee to Protect Journalists board, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York and the International Women’s Media Foundation boards, and has chaired the board of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship Program at Columbia University.
He’s written The Bloomberg Way: A Guide for Reporters and Editors. He also teamed up again with Bloomberg to write the former New York mayor’s autobiography, Bloomberg by Bloomberg.
Winkler has received many awards, including the 2007 Gerald Loeb Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Emmy lifetime achievement award for business and financial reporting.
Bloomberg has expanded far beyond its original financial reportage mission, and its journalists’ work on an array of subjects, from sports to food and lifestyle topics, appears in more than 400 publications across 65 nations, as well as in magazines and newsletters, and on Bloomberg’s own 24-hour television and radio network.
“The way I thought about being a newspaperman is I get to ask all the questions I want and someone cuts me a check at the end of the week. What a great way to go through life.”
In short, Winkler has been instrumental in making Bloomberg make big newsundefinedquite a track record for a New Yorker who had to go to Ohio to begin to make it big in the Big Apple, and beyond.