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From AJR,   December 1999  issue

Burgeoning Bloomberg   

Bloomberg News' Washington bureau makes 15 hires this year, seven for new positions.


By Carol Guensburg & Lori Robertson
Carol Guensburg (carol.guensburg@verizon.net) is senior editor for the Journalism Center on Children & Families, a University of Maryland professional program - and a nonprofit. It receives primary support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Guensburg spent 14 years as an editor and reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after working for three other papers.      Lori Robertson (robertson.lori@gmail.com), a former AJR managing editor, is a senior contributing writer for the magazine.      


Bloomberg News' Washington bureau makes 15 hires this year, seven for new positions. A pretty substantial investment? No, this is old hat. "We've been growing at a pretty steady pace," says Bureau Chief Chuck Hawkins , "seven to 10 people a year" since he arrived six years ago. The D.C. bureau is up to more than 70 staffers, including radio, TV and technical support positions. "When there's more to do, you go out and hire more people," Hawkins says. The recent additions will expand health care, trade, legal issues, economics and business coverage, among other areas. Says Bloomberg News Editor in Chief Matthew Winkler : "Washington is the most important city in the world.... We have to have comprehensive coverage." But, he adds, the organization as a whole has grown substantially.