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Editorial Advisory Board


Meet the Financial Writer's Stylebook's advisory board of word experts in business journalism. They act as a sounding board for new entries and provide the Stylebook with insight into appropriate use of business terms in news stories.

William [Bill] Barnhart

William [Bill] Barnhart is an independent writer based in Chicago. He was a newspaper journalist in Chicago for thirty-eight years and the financial markets columnist for the Chicago Tribune for fifteen years. His daily column, "Market Report" summarized daily stock action, bond and currency markets and offered insights into the stocks of Chicago-area companies. Barnhart also gave a daily financial market summary on CLTV, the Tribune's cable television operation serving the Chicago area. He was a regular commentator on the national PBS program "Nightly Business Report." He was an on-air source for the PBS "Frontline" program on the near collapse of the Continental Illinois Corp. in Chicago.

  • Finance
  • Wall Street

Claudia Brooks D'Avanzo

Claudia Brooks D'Avanzo is founder/president of Creative Communications Consultants, a marketing communications/public relations agency based in Atlanta. With 20+ years of experience, she's designed award-winning programs in consumer marketing, business-to-business, health care, hospitality, travel/tourism, sports marketing, retailing, and not-for-profit.  Before starting her own company in 1998, D'Avanzo was senior vice president for Fleishman-Hillard International Communications managing the firm’s consumer marketing and health care practices in Atlanta.  She was a senior account manager for Manning, Selvage & Lee prior to joining F-H and began her career working in Public Affairs for Lockheed Martin.

  • Health care
  • Retail

David Callaway

David Callaway is editor-in-chief of USA Today. Previously, he was editor in chief of MarketWatch.com. Callaway joined MarketWatch.com in March 1999 as managing editor and was promoted to executive editor in early 2000. He became editor-in-chief in March 2003. Callaway has been a financial journalist for over 20 years, having reported on everything from the 1987 stock market crash and Wall Street's insider trading trials of the late 1980s to the introduction of the European single currency and the consolidation of Europe's banking and securities industries in the mid-1990s. 

  • Finance
  • Wall Street

Bill Choyke

Bill Choyke serves as the senior strategic adviser for the American Bar Association, based in Washington, D.C. He spent more than 30 years in journalism and the media, most recently at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk where he was business editor for 5½ years among other duties. He began his professional career at his hometown newspaper in Waukegan, Ill., and worked for 14 years in Washington, providing coverage for a number of Texas newspapers, including The Dallas Morning News from 1981 to 1989. Choyke also worked for Gannett Co. Inc. for nearly 10 years as an editor or marketing director, in addition to several other publications. He was awarded a Batten Media Fellowship at the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia in 1989 and received his MBA in 1991.

  • Company

Greg David

Greg David is the director of the business and economics reporting program at the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York and covers New York's business, political and economic scene through a daily blog GregDavidonNY and weekly column in Crain's New York Business. Greg spent 25 years at Crain's New York Business as editor and editorial director. He is heard every Monday on the WCBS Newsradio Opening Bell Report and every Friday on WNYC's Financial 411.

  • Finance
  • Wall Street

Henry Dubroff

Henry Dubroff is a successful entrepreneur, author and financial journalist. He is the founder and majority owner of Pacific Coast Business Times, the weekly business journal for Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties in coastal California. He serves on the board of Ventura County Economic Development Association, UCSB Economic Forecast Project and United Way. Dubroff also is the co-author of "Battling Big Box: How Nimble Niche Companies Can Outmaneuver Giant Competitors" and co-founder of the Green Coast Innovation Zone.

  • Company
  • Economy

Lonnie Fogel

Lonnie Fogel is a communications and investor relations consultant who resides in Mill Valley, Calif. His previous jobs include director of corporate communications and investor relations for retailer Abercrombie & Fitch and director of public relations and investor relations for Home Depot Inc. Fogel also worked in communications positions for Georgia-Pacific Corp. and AT&T. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University.

  • Manufacturing
  • Retail

Herb Greenberg

Herb Greenberg is senior stocks commentator for the network appearing on CNBC’s Business Day programming and on CNBC.com. Greenberg has been a financial journalist for more than 30 years and has most recently been co-president of Greenberg Meritz Research & Analytics. He is a former weekend investor columnist for The Wall Street Journal and a former senior columnist for MartketWatch.  Prior to joining MarketWatch, Greenberg was senior columnist for TheStreet.com.  He previously spent 10 years as the "Business Insider" columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and nearly seven years as Fortune magazine’s monthly “Against the Grain” columnist.

  • Finance
  • Wall Street

Bill Hensel

Bill Hensel is the director of media relations for Invesco. He has served in that position since August 2000 when the Communications and Public Affairs department of global asset manager Invesco Ltd. (then AMVESCAP Plc) was first created.  He is responsible for the implementation and supervision of media relations for Invesco. While focusing on his primary client, Invesco’s Worldwide Institutional business, he also provides communications counsel and support to the company’s other business groups, including high-net-worth business Atlantic Trust and investment operations based in Asia and Europe. Additionally, he supports senior management at the corporate level with media relations strategies and has been involved in numerous acquisitions and dispositions.

  • Finance
  • Wall Street

Tom Hudson

Tom Hudson has reported on topics such as Federal Reserve interest rate policy, corporate governance and shareholder activism. Prior to co-anchoring "Nightly Business Report," he was host and managing editor of the nationally syndicated financial television program "First Business." Tom also reported and anchored market coverage for the groundbreaking web-based financial news service, WebFN. There he reported regularly from the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade and the CME. He also created original business news and information programming for the investor channel of a large e-brokerage firm. Before his jump to television and broadband, Tom co-anchored morning drive for the former all-news, heritage 50kw WMAQ-AM/Chicago. He has served as a member of the adjunct faculty in the Journalism Department of Columbia College Chicago and has been a frequent guest on other TV and radio programs as well as a guest speaker at universities on communications, journalism and business.

  • Company
  • Finance
  • Wall Street

Beth Hunt

Beth Hunt was named manager of editorial operations for American City Business Journals in fall 2006, after 17 years as a reporter and editor for three ACBJ-owned business journals. She started with ACBJ as a reporter in Orlando, where she covered tourism. She also reported and wrote an investigative series which tied The Orlando Sentinel to a huge plume of contaminated groundwater in downtown Orlando. In 1994, Hunt was named editor of the Austin Business Journal, as part of a team brought in to revitalize the paper. After five years, Hunt was promoted to editor of Washington Business Journal, where she managed one of the company’s largest newsrooms. In her seven years in D.C., the Washington Business Journal won three SABEW Best in Business awards for General Excellence. As manager of editorial operations, Hunt provides support to ACBJ’s 41 editors — helping with training, recruiting, staff development and idea-sharing.

  • Company
  • Economy
  • Retail

Adam Levy

Adam Levy is a co-founding partner of 30 Point Strategies, a communications strategy firm. Prior to that, he was a nationally-recognized, award-winning financial journalist and former Wall Street research analyst. Prior to 30 Point, Adam was a partner at Boyette Levy, an economic development consultancy. Before that, he was Bloomberg News' Atlanta Bureau Chief for 13 years where he managed news coverage in eight southeastern states and wrote 11 cover stories for "Markets" magazine. Adam co-wrote the book "The People vs. Big Tobacco".

  • Company
  • Finance
  • Wall Street

Mary Jane Pardue

Mary Jane Pardue is an associate professor of journalism at Missouri State University and a member of the Board of Governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). She is the author of "Who Owns the Press? Investigating Public vs. Private Ownership of America's Newspapers." She has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist and was business editor at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. She also worked at the Nashville Banner and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

  • Company

Kim  Quillen

Kim Quillen has been business editor of The Times-Picayune since 2005. She joined the New Orleans newspaper in 1998 as assistant business editor. Before moving to New Orleans, Quillen worked for the Delaware State News and for weekly and monthly business journals in her home state of Delaware. Quillen received a bachelor's degree in economics from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., and a master's degree in journalism from the American University in Washington, D.C.

  • Company
  • Economy
  • Energy

David Rubinger

David Rubinger is publisher of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He previously was president of Rubinger Inc., which he founded in 2008 to provide marketing strategy, media relations, investor relations and crisis communications counsel to businesses from start-up to Fortune 500 firms. David previously led global communications for Equifax, the nation's largest national credit reporting company. As a journalist, Rubinger served as editor of Atlanta Business Chronicle.

  • Company
  • Technology

Rex Seline

Rex Seline provides communication support to major corporations around the country with PartnerComm Inc. Previously, he was Managing Editor/News for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he supervised award-winning coverage of business, local and national news. Rex has also worked as an editor or writer for The New York Times, The Miami Herald, the Dallas Times Herald and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. He served as president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2004-05, and was on SABEW's board for more than a decade.

  • Energy
  • Manufacturing

Christine Steele is a communications/PR manager for USA Financial. She was previously a senior copy editor in investment communications for American Funds, one of The Capital Group Companies. She's a member of the executive committee of the American Copy Editors Society. She has degrees in print journalism and communication arts. Besides having a passion for copyediting, for the past 25 years Steele's experience has included editing for trade magazines, books, health care and retail websites, and working as a freelance editor.


Mark Vamos

Mark Vamos is the William J. O'Neil Chair at Southern Methodist University, where he is preparing undergraduate students to become business journalists. He is the former editor in chief of Fast Company magazine, and the former editor in chief of SmartMoney.com. Vamos also a senior editor at Newsweek and a senior editor at BusinessWeek, where he spent 13 years. He has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a master's degree from Columbia University.

  • Company
  • Finance
  • Technology