Matt Cooper Has Good Company

Portfolio magazine is sure bringing on the talent. They’ve hired Matt Cooper, Gabe Sherman from the New York Observer, Dan Roth from Fortune, Jim Impoco from the NYT, Jesse Eisinger from the WSJ and Vanity Fair and New York contributor Duff McDonald as a contributing editor.

And add one more:


    Kurt Eichenwald has been named a senior writer and investigative reporter at Condé Nast Portfolio, it was announced today by Joanne Lipman, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. His appointment is effective October 1.

    Mr. Eichenwald joins Condé Nast Portfolio from The New York Times where he was an investigative reporter for the business section. For the past two decades, Mr. Eichenwald has written about corporate corruption and financial topics.

    In 1988, he began reporting for the paper’s business section, covering Wall Street, corporate takeovers and insider trading scandals. In 1992, he began writing the “Market Place” column and covering the unfolding scandals at Prudential Securities. Since then, he conducted an array of high-profile investigations into fraud and conflicts in American health care; price-fixing in the food and feed industries; corruption at Enron, WorldCom and Arthur Andersen; and crimes involving the exploitation of children over the Internet.

    Mr Eichenwald has won numerous honors for his work. In 1996, he was awarded the George Polk Award for his articles about deficiencies in the American System of dialysis care; in 1998, he was again a Polk Award winner for a series of articles about allegations of corruption at the Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in both 2002 and 2000.

    Following his articles exposing elements of the online child pornography trade, Mr. Eichenwald this year won a Payne Award Ethics in Journalism and SABEW’s Best in Business Award for enterprise. Those articles also led to Mr. Eichenwald being subpoenaed to testify before Congress in hearings that set off the ongoing Congressional investigation of child exploitation on the Internet.

    Mr. Eichenwald was written three books on corporate scandals: Serpent on the Rock, on the Prudential Securities scandal; The Informant: A True Story, on the Archer Daniels Midland price-fixing case; and The Conspiracy of Fools on the Enron scandal. The Informant: A True Story is currently in development as a major motion picture to be directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Matt Damon.

    Mr. Eichenwald joined The New York Times in 1985 as a news clerk. Prior to The Times, Mr. Eichenwald was a writer-researcher for CBS News in the Election and Survey Unit and the associate editor of The National Journal in Washington. Mr. Eichenwald holds a BA in political science from Swarthmore College. He lives in Dallas, TX with his wife and their three children.