Bloomberg Finance Team Expands

Last week, Mike Tackett welcomed to Bloomberg a slew of new finance reporters – Maura Reynolds, Phil Mattingly, Meera Louis, Jesse Hamilton, Clea Benson, Carter Dougherty and Silla Brush. 

In an internal email announcing the newbies, Tackett said, “this reinforces the best crew covering the intersection of Washington and Wall Street and gives us the critical mass to write for the Terminal, BGov and Bloomberg Businessweek.”

FishbowlDC has reported some of the aforementioned hires but Tackett’s email roundup really portrays the hiring spree taking place at BGov.  For those of you counting – that’s three from CQ and one from The Hill – and that’s just the Finance team.  Memo after the jump.

Oct. 14, 2010

To: Washington Finance Team

I’m extremely pleased to formally announce some changes and additions to the Washington Finance team in coordination with Bloomberg Government. This reinforces the best crew covering the intersection of Washington and Wall Street and gives us the critical mass to write for the Terminal, BGov and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Maura Reynolds, economics and finance editor at Congressional Quarterly, joins us as an editor to help me and Greg manage the expanded team. She went to CQ in 2009 after the LA Times slashed its Washington bureau and has been running the reporters who cover many of the topics we do. As an LAT reporter, Maura covered economics, the White House and Congress after four years as Moscow correspondent. Her Russia reporting made her a Pulitzer finalist. She also worked in Moscow for the AP, and was an editor on the wire’s international desk. Maura has a master’s in international affairs from Columbia. Her wide experience in wire and newspaper reporting and editing, beat coverage and narrative writing will help get us where we want to go.

Phil Mattinglymoves into an expanded Congress and Finance beat. Phil quickly emerged as a go-to player after joining Bloomberg from Congressional Quarterly last January. He was a news-breaking machine during the debate over the Dodd-Frank bill, keeping us ahead of the competition on derivatives rules and other topics. His collegiality is already legendary. Phil will cover the interchange between the Hill and Wall Street, including the banking committees and other lobbying and accountability matters. With his stellar sources, street smarts and speed, we will look to him to facilitate Congress-related stories across teams in Washington, New York and elsewhere.

Meera Louis, who has been covering European banks for Bloomberg from Brussels, comes to town as our Banking Regulation reporter. Meera has been writing about European finance and economics for six years. During the financial meltdown, she scored multiple scoops that exposed the weaknesses in the bank stress tests and in Europe’s response to the Greek debt crisis. Often she snared internal documents; in one notable case she recognized a central banker’s bodyguards in the elevator, staked out their boss and scored an exclusive. Meera studied microbiology before getting a master’s in communications. She started her career at the Wall Street Journal, then came to her senses.

Jesse Hamilton, former Washington bureau chief for the Hartford Courant, replaces London-bound Jesse Westbrook on the SEC team. Since The Courant shut its D.C. bureau in 2009, Jesse has been at BestWire, an insurance news service owned by AM Best, covering the finreg bill and other industry issues. Before Washington he covered the military for The Courant, including a stint with the Marines in Iraq that made him a finalist for the Michael Kelly Award. Earlier, at the Yakima Herald-Republic, he shared in George Polk and IRE awards for a powerful series on a fatal forest fire and the Forest Service’s mistakes. He earned a Sigma Delta Chi feature writing award for a narrative reconstruction of a triple murder in a tiny Columbia River town.