Reuters Brings On Three New Columnists

Reuters is filling out its commentary team by bringing on three new columnists — Agnes Crane, Matthew Goldstein and Christopher Swann.

Crane, formerly an editor at Dow Jones Newswires, led a team covering the credit markets and debt instruments.

Wall Street reporter Goldstein is joining Reuters from Businessweek, where he launched the magazine’s Unstructured Finance blog. He has also previously worked at,, Crain’s New York Business and The New York Law Journal.

Swann previously covered the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the U.S. Treasury for Bloomberg News, and worked for the Financial Times for nine years before that.

The three columnists will be joining Reuters later this month and early next month.

Full release after the jump.

Earlier: Reuters Appoints International Commentary Editor


NEW YORK (May 13, 2009) — Reuters today announced the hires of Agnes Crane, Matthew Goldstein and Christopher Swann, who with join Reuters newly created commentary team as columnists. Based in New York City, all three will report into Jeffrey Cane, U.S. editor, commentary, and will start on June 8th, June 1st and May 20th, respectively.

Agnes Crane has been on the frontlines in the coverage of the credit crisis. As an editor at Dow Jones Newswires, she led a team of eight reporters who cover the credit markets and debt instruments. She had previously been a reporter for Dow Jones, covering global sovereign debt markets. In 2005, she won a Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page Award for deadline reporting. Agnes was a fixed-income reporter for Market News International and before that had worked as a reporter in Mexico City for four years. She is a graduate of Temple University.

Matthew Goldstein has been one of the most adept reporters covering Wall Street in recent years. He brings to commentary a depth of knowledge and insight on banking, hedge funds and securities regulation. For the last two years, Matthew has been a senior writer for BusinessWeek, writing on Wall Street, hedge funds and regulation. He was the co-author of a cover story on the collapse of the Bear Stearns hedge funds and started the magazine’s Unstructured Finance blog. Previously, at, Matthew broke a number of stories, including the news that the Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating whether brokers were permitting customers to eavesdrop on their firms’ internal “squawk box” conversations. His stories on the “squawk box” investigation were a finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award in 2006. Matthew was also a reporter for, Crain’s New York Business, The New York Law Journal, The Record of Hackensack and The Central New Jersey Home News. A graduate of the University of Rochester, Matthew has a law degree from Fordham.

Christopher Swann joins us from Bloomberg News, where he covered the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the U.S. Treasury. He was among the Bloomberg reporters who recently won the Overseas Press Club’s Malcolm Forbes Award for the series “Recipe for Famine.” Before Bloomberg, Chris worked for the Financial Times for nine years. A graduate of Oxford University, he has a Master’s Degree in international relations from Cambridge.

Primarily based in London and New York, the commentary team will also have a presence in the main emerging economies. It will draw on Reuters unparalleled news coverage from its 197 bureaus around the world. Reuters commentators will produce a blog, and the company has hired the well-known financial blogger Felix Salmon to lead that effort. Commentators will also produce short opinionated columns every day on the top stories from around the globe as well as longer columns written both by in-house commentators and external experts and thought leaders. The team, which will consist of approximately 25 journalists, will be led by Jonathan Ford, co-founder of Breakingviews. The European team will be led by Peter Thal Larsen, formerly banking editor of the Financial Times, and the U.S. team will be led by Jeffrey Cane, formerly an editor at and the New York Times.

“I am very excited to have a team of such talented financial journalists,” said Jeffrey Cane, U.S. commentary editor. “They, along with our New York-based financial blogger, Felix Salmon, and our Washington blogger and columnist, James Pethokoukis, will greatly expand the ability of Reuters to offer smart, fact-based opinion on the big stories in the global financial markets.”