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The Board


 Members of the 2015/2016 board of governors
From left to right: Matt Nelko, Cezary Podkul, William Freedman, Debra Turner, Greg Miles, Peter Coy, Michael Paterakis and Melinda Crump
Front row: Claudia Deutsch, Lisa Kaplan, Olivia Carville and Carolyn Sargent


President: Debra Turner, Freelance

Vice President: Lisa Kaplan, Freelance

Treas.: Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek

Secy-Asst Treas: Olivia Carville, Bloomberg 


Board of Governors:


John Biers, Agence France-Presse 

Lawrence Carrel, Freelance

Claudia Deutsch, Freelance

Willam Freedman, Freelance

Conway Gittens, Reuters

Yong Lim, Debtwire

Greg Miles,

Matt Nelko, ABC World News Tonight

Michael Paterakis, CTA Intelligence


Associate Representatives:

Melinda Crump, Freelance

Zach Kouwe, Dukas Linden Public Relations

Carolyn Sargent, Rubenstein Associates


Board Member Bios.:

President: Debra Turner is a freelance writer and blogger. She contributes articles to The New York Post's city and business sections and other publications that have a financial verses quality of life emphasis. She writes a lifestyle blog called THE SAVVY SHOPPER. With a focus on value, budget and smart decision-making, it covers Health, Beauty, Fashion, Food, Home and Entertainment. For over a decade, she worked in the editorial departments of Time, Fortune, Money, People and Real Simple, the Time, Inc. consumer magazines, plus did a stint on the Warner side of Time-Warner, at Warner Bros Inc, in the film publicity department, as well as, at the record labels: Warner Bros Records, Atlantic Records and Electra Records. She graduated summa cum laude from Bellarimine University with a B.A. in history and was a Congressional intern in Washington, D.C. for Senator Wendell Ford of Kentucky.

Vice President: Lisa Kaplan is a freelance journalist who most recently worked as an editorial producer for Arise News, where she was a segment producer and booker for Arise Xchange, a live daily world business show, until the organization until it went off the air. Lisa has extensive experience covering finance, business, politics and international relations. Prior to Arise, she did some work as a freelance output producer for Al Jazeera America; she worked as a freelance writer for Lou Dobbs Financial Reports and worked as an adjunct professor in Queens College’s department of journalism. Before moving into freelancework, Lisa spent several years as a producer for Bloomberg Radio and TV and as a segment coordinator for CNBC Television.

Treasurer: Peter Coy is economics editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. He writes on a wide range of domestic and international issues, contributing to the magazine’s Remarks column, cover stories, news sections, and Peter joined the predecessor publication, BusinessWeek, in 1989 as telecommunications editor. He became technology editor in 1992, associate economics editor in 1997, and economics editor in 2001. He came to BusinessWeek from the Associated Press, where he worked from 1980 to 1989 in Albany, Rochester, and New York City. Previously, he was a reporter for the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican.

Secretary-Assistant Treasurer: Olivia Carville is an award-winning journalist at Bloomberg News in New York, where she covers technology, wealth and power. She formerly worked as an investigative reporter at the Toronto Star and the New Zealand Herald, where her stories exposed corruption and influenced legislation. She has been published in the New York Times, the Seattle Times and the Melbourne Age and her work has taken her across the U.S., New Zealand, Canada, Australia and China. Olivia is an Ochberg Dart Center fellow and she holds a MA in business reporting from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, where she was awarded the 2018 outstanding financial journalist of the year award. 

Governor: John Biers has been a business correspondent for Agence France-Presse since 2013, covering financial markets and major US business stories. He worked previously for Dow Jones Newswires in Houston and Paris and for The Times-Picayune of New Orleans after beginning his journalism career at States News Service in Washington. John has a masters in public policy from Sciences Po and BA in history from Harvard.

Governor: Lawrence Carrel is an award-winning journalist, a freelance writer, media consultant, and author of three books: ETFs for the Long Run, Dividend Stocks for DUMMIES, and Investing in Dividends for DUMMIES. He was a member of the team that created Wall Street in 1995. At he worked as a market commentator, investigative reporter, and created the first column about ETFs on the web. He has been a staff writer at; and a contributing editor for, Kiplinger Washington Editors, Investor's Business Daily and The Asia Times. He currently runs his own media-consulting firm, Long Run Consultants, where he creates content strategy for companies in the financial-services industry. 

Associate Representative: Melinda Crump is in a freelance public relations specialist, with a specialty in financial analysis and information technology in the accounting and banking industries. She has been working in financial journalism since 2004. Melinda moved to NYC in 2011 and joined the NYFWA in 2013. Prior to joining a technology company, Melinda spent time in microbiology and genetics after completing a BS in Marine Science at the University of South Carolina.

Governor: Claudia Deutsch, a former president of the New York Financial Writers' Association and an award-winning journalist, returned to the board as a governor in 2014. Now officially retired but freelancing sporadically, Claudia spent the bulk of her career at the New York Times, initially as an editor and writer on Sunday business, then as a commercial property columnist on Sunday real estate and ultimately as a reporter for Business Day. Prior to the New York Times, her career included stints at Chemical Week Magazine, Business Week and Stores Magazine, among others.

Governor: William Freedman is a freelancer who specializes in business and technology. Among the publications he contributes to are: Tom's IT Pro; Federal Computer Week; Ecolane blog; LogicMonitor blog; Global Finance (as a contributor, copy editor, interim digital editor); The Industry Spread (blockchain beat); FT Specialist and Chief Executive magazine, among others. He is also does long-term consulting and project management engagements based on his extensive background in IT infrastructure. Prior to becoming a freelancer he spent 15 years as a certified managing consultant for IBM. 

Governor: Conway Gittens is a business correspondent for Reuters Video, where he specializes in transforming mundane business/economic/finance topics into engaging subject matter that can be understood by non-finance experts. He writes, produces and serves as the face for compelling business reports on topics ranging from corporate news to market swings to global macro-economic trends to the latest tech gadgets that will attract eyeballs on multiple platforms. Content is distributed on the Reuters TV platform, Apple TV, Roku, and to Reuters' syndicated video clients. In addition, he hosts a weekly business video segment produced exclusively for Reuters Top News and Reuters Business Twitter feeds.

Associate Representative: Zach Kouwe is a Senior Vice President at Dukas Linden Public Relations (DLPR). He co-heads the firm's asset management practice while assisting teams across the agency with high-level media, crisis communications and content development. Zach works closely with financial services firms including hedge funds, private equity firms to devise and execute strategic communications plans. He joined DLPR in 2011 after nearly a decade as a financial journalist, most recently for The New York Times, where he covered hedge funds, M&A, private equity and white-collar crime. He was formerly the chief M&A reporter for the business section of the New York Post. Prior to that, he covered private equity for Dow Jones and previously worked for the Denver Post and Institutional Investor. Zach holds a B.S. in Economics and History from Hamilton College and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He serves as a Trustee of the Brooklyn Music School and lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn.  

Governor: Yong Lim is Desk Editor of Debtwire Municipals. He has been with Debtwire since November 2017, when he joined the staff as content editor. Before that he worked for the Bond Buyer. Contact him by email at, and find him tweeting at

Governor: Greg Miles has worked as a front-page news editor, bureau chief, enterprise writer, on-air television correspondent, guest TV anchor and podcast anchor for Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Television, BusinessWeek, CNBC, and He is currently a news editor for, the fast-growing financial website with 23 million monthly users. He also does consulting projects. During his career, he has specialized in winning and executing exclusive, in-depth TV interviews with business leaders including Bob Iger, Carl Icahn, Les Moonves, Dieter Zetsche, Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, Michael Dell and Sam Zell. He has a BA from Wesleyan University and two masters degrees from Columbia University: the School of Journalism and the School of Public and International Affairs.

Governor: Matt Nelko has been covering the financial markets for both radio and television since the Wall Street crash of 1987. His industry tenure spans six radio networks (CBS, NBC/Mutual, CNN, AP, Air America, and Sirius XM) and two television networks (CBS and ABC). Most recently he’s written and head written for ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, and is currently writing and head writing for ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, ABC World News Tonight Weekend, ABC World News Now, and Good Morning America, for which he recently won a Daytime Emmy Award.

Governor: Michael Paterakis is editor of HFM's CTA Intelligence, a magazine focusing on quant firms and other hedge funds. Previously, he covered asset managers and institutional investors. Michael also reported extensively on the European debt crisis for a number of publications, including from the Financial Times' Brussels bureau. He has a master's degree in business reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Michael can be found on Twitter @mikepaterakis.

Associate Representative: Carolyn Sargent is an executive vice president at Rubenstein. She provides media and public relations advice to global financial firms ranging from entrepreneurial investors to publicly traded institutions. With more than 20 years' experience on Wall Street as an equity analyst, journalist and media strategist, she manages and messages complex, highly sensitive situations for multiple audiences. Reputation management forms the core of her practice, which includes CEO positioning, brand building and management, transactions, leadership transitions and crisis management in an ever-complex and changing digital media environment. She joined the NYFWA in 2000 when she was a senior editor at Institutional Investor magazine. She has a BA from Smith College and an MS-Journalism and MBA-Finance from Columbia University.