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New York Financial Writers’ Association Names Andy Serwer 45th Elliott V. Bell Award Winner

The New York Financial Writers’ Association is pleased to announce that Andy Serwer, editor in chief of Yahoo! Finance, is the 2020 recipient of the Elliott V. Bell Award, which honors journalists who have made a significant contribution to the field of financial journalism.

Serwer is the 45th annual recipient of the award, which is named after NYFWA’s inaugural president, Elliott V. Bell. Since 1976, many of the biggest names in financial journalism have joined the list of Elliott V. Bell Award alumni, including Jason Zweig, John McCorry, Gretchen Morgenson, James B. Stewart, Allan Sloan, Paul Steiger and Carol Loomis, among others.

The award committee recognized Serwer for his four decades plus in the financial journalism space, most of which has been spent writing and reporting, as well as leading and managing teams and content on digital, video, TV, print, film, radio and live events platforms. Serwer currently serves as the top editorial executive for Yahoo! Finance, one of the biggest business news platforms in the world with over 110 million monthly unique users. In this role, he has oversight of a team of over 85 individuals, distributing thousands of stories per day and creating hundreds of original pieces of content per week, including text and video. Serwer also hosts a weekly "Influencer" video interview program with high-profile business leaders, and writes columns and articles.

Prior to joining Yahoo! Finance in 2015, Serwer spent almost a decade as managing editor of Fortune Magazine, where he started as a junior fact-checker out of graduate school in the 1980s. As the leader of the publication, Serwer was responsible for overseeing Fortune’s web and print editions with a combined audience of more than 13 million. He also served as business news anchor of CNN's flagship "American Morning" TV program between 2000 and 2006.

Given the gradual reopening of the economy, we hope that this year’s award ceremony will take place in-person this coming fall. As part of the evening, Serwer will moderate a panel of financial journalists. Participants and additional details will be forthcoming.

About the NYFWA:

Founded in 1938, the New York Financial Writers’ Association is the oldest organization of its kind devoted to advancing business and financial journalism. NYFWA gives out scholarships to journalism students interested in business and financial reporting, hosts book talks, networking events, training sessions and other events aimed at helping business and financial reporters improve their craft and advance their careers. For more information, visit or email

About Elliott V. Bell

Born in 1902, Elliott Valance Bell was the founding president of the New York Financial Writers’ Association. During a career span of almost 60 years, he served as a reporter for The New York Herald Tribune and The New York Times, and as editor and later publisher of BusinessWeek magazine, now known as Bloomberg Businessweek. Bell also served as economic adviser to the 47th governor of New York, Thomas E. Dewey and as the state's Superintendent of Banks. In 1950, he became chairman of the executive committee of McGraw-Hill Inc., then the owner of BusinessWeek.