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April 19, 2022 –Pioneering Women in Financial News –And Their Heirs

In honor of our beloved board member Claudia Deutsch, the New York Financial Writers' Association is hosting a virtual event with some of the most renowned women in business journalism in New York City. Join us on the evening of April 19th as we remember Claudia, a formidable financial reporter who blazed her own trail at The New York Times. Back in the '70s, when Claudia started her career, female business writers were discouraged from using their own names on bylines, lest it turn off male readers. And NYFWA was a male-only association. Much has changed over the past 50 years (thankfully).

To discuss this transformation, NYFWA is welcoming Carol Loomis, who joined Fortune in 1954 and has the longest tenure of any employee in the magazine's history; Alyson Shontell, the first woman and youngest editor-in-chief to helm Fortune; Winnie O'Kelley, an industry veteran and now dean of academic affairs at Columbia Journalism School, and Susanne Craig, a Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter at the New York Times. Moderating this event is Diana Henriques, an award-winning financial journalist and author who worked alongside Claudia at the New York Times

In 1997, Claudia served as our president and she remained on the board up until her death in January. She is missed by us all. Join us as we remember her with a panel on pioneering women in financial news -a subject that was both near and dear to her heart.


Susanne Craig is an investigative reporter at the New York Times. Since 2016, her reporting has focused on the finances and taxes of Donald Trump. Ms. Craig has won numerous awards during her career, including a Pulitzer Prize in 2019 for work that shattered Trump's myth that he is a self-made billionaire. 

Winnie O'Kelley is an industry veteran known for her outstanding journalistic career as an award-winning editor on business and finance, with a specialty in economic impact and corporate wrongdoing. Formerly of Bloomberg News and the New York Times, O'Kelley is now the Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia Journalism School. 

Alyson Shontell joined Fortune in October 2021 as Editor-in-Chief and Chief Content Officer. Her appointment made her the first woman and youngest editor to helm Fortune's 92-year-old newsroom. She previously served as editor-in-chief of Business Insider, a publication she helped launch in 2008.

Carol Loomis spent 60 years at Fortune magazine, before her retirement in 2014. She was the magazine's expert on Warren Buffett since 1966 and has edited his annual letter to shareholders on a pro bono basis since the '70s. She has won five lifetime achievement awards, including a Loeb Award for business journalism. 


Diana Henriques is the author of A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black MondayThe Worst Day in Wall Street History and New York Times bestseller The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust. She was a member of the New York Times team that was a Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of the 2008 financial crisis.

When: Tuesday, April 19th, 7.30 p.m. (EST)