HuffPo Hires NYT’s Peter Goodman As New Business Editor

The Huffington Post has snagged New York Times national economic writer Peter Goodman to head its newly created Business Editor position. Goodman used to cover Sarah Palin back in the day as a cub reporter for the Anchorage Daily News and freelanced for the LA Times as a wandering freelancer in Southeast Asia.

“With HuffPost’s enormous audience and influence, we have an opportunity to expose important issues in innovative new ways,” says Goodman.

Press release after the jump:

New York, NY — September 22, 2010 — The Huffington Post (“HuffPost”) a leading social news and opinion site, announces today that Peter Goodman, national economic writer at The New York Times, has been named Business Editor at The Huffington Post. In this new position, Goodman will oversee all business and technology coverage as well as report for The Huffington Post. Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington made the announcement

“Peter Goodman is one of the country’s most respected business and economics reporters, and we are delighted that he’s joining The Huffington Post,” said Arianna Huffington. “With his breadth of knowledge, national and global experience, and passion for unearthing the trends and stories that effect people’s lives, Peter is an ideal fit for HuffPost. He’ll oversee both our growing Business and Technology teams and help to sharpen our focus on the real world impact of economic policies, as well as innovation and emerging industries that will serve as engines for genuine economic growth and well-paying 21st century jobs.”

Said Peter S. Goodman: “With HuffPost’s enormous audience and influence, we have an opportunity to expose important issues in innovative new ways. I also share an editorial point-of-view with Arianna and the HuffPost team that the central focus of our mission should be ferreting out truth, chronicling the lives of ordinary people, and delivering clarity to the readership, while not merely settling for access to powerful corridors.”

Peter S. Goodman has worked in journalism for two decades, most recently as the National Economic Correspondent for the New York Times, where he played a leading role in the paper’s award-winning coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession. Prior to that, he spent a decade at the Washington Post as a foreign correspondent and a financial writer.

Goodman is the author of PAST DUE: The End of Easy Money and the Renewal of the American Economy (Times Books, 2009), which draws on more than a decade’s reporting to trace the breakdown of the American economic bargain for tens of millions of working families, while exploring how to reinvigorate the economy. The book was selected as an Editor’s Choice title by the New York Times Book Review.

Goodman grew up in Manhattan. After graduating from Reed College in 1989, he began his newspaper career as a feature writer in Kyoto, Japan for the English language-Japan Times. He then spent three years freelancing from Southeast Asia for several newspapers, among them the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald, and London’s Daily Telegraph. He covered the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines, the war in Cambodia and the early adoption of market embracing reforms in Vietnam. Returning to the United States in 1993, Goodman worked as a Metro reporter for the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska, where he covered the Wasilla City Council and a then-unknown member of the body known as Sarah Palin.