Media Movers: Bloomberg Authorities’s Angela Greiling Keane, a lady journalist chief

Bloomberg’s Angela Greiling Keane

Many present or former reporters can pinpoint “the second when” journalism beckoned. For me, watching historical past unfold on CNN moved me to discover a profession (and calling) in data dissemination. For Angela Greiling Keane, editorial cartoons opened the door to appreciating information you assume. She finally landed as a cub reporter in D.C. — the place she stays to at the present time.

Now information director of Bloomberg Authorities, she’s additionally held roles at Politico and the now-defunct Visitors World. Her spectacular resume continues: Angela is a previous president of the Nationwide Press Membership, the place she championed open authorities, press freedom and a better function for girls in newsrooms. This vital dedication to girls continues as we speak with the Journalism & Women Symposium (often called JAWS), the place she has been a member since 2003.

I chatted with Angela about being a “Bloomberg boomerang” (sure, it is a factor!), her work with JAWS and her new passport to Nationwide Park adventures.

Daybreak Wotapka: Inform me what bought you into journalism.

Angela Greiling Keane: It’s what I all the time needed to do since fifth grade. I all the time favored asking questions and writing and present occasions. I bear in mind after I was little earlier than I might learn, I made my dad and mom clarify the editorial cartoons of the native newspaper (the Minneapolis Tribune) to me. As soon as I bought older and realized journalism’s place in holding the highly effective accountable, I used to be completely hooked.

Daybreak: What led you to concentrate on reporting concerning the authorities?

Angela: I got here to D.C. as a university senior within the College of Missouri Faculty of Journalism’s semester in Washington and bought to spend the time as a correspondent for the Topeka Capital Journal. I wrote concerning the switch of energy for Kansas within the Senate and dived into Superfund and the nationwide debt. I shortly fell in love with the entry reporters have on the Capitol and what number of tales there are to inform for various audiences when masking authorities.

All through my profession, I’ve additionally centered on state authorities protection and imagine intensely within the want for high-quality reporting out of state capitals. I used to be lucky to spend two legislative periods masking the Missouri statehouse in faculty, and that additionally planted the federal government reporting seed.

Daybreak: What made you come back to Bloomberg and might you clarify the “Bloomberg boomerang”?

Angela: Luckily, Michael Bloomberg has modified his earlier prohibition on workers returning to the corporate after leaving. I cherished what I used to be doing in my earlier job and the individuals I labored with, however the alternative to guide a newsroom — and assist it develop and evolve — was too good to cross up. And from having labored at Bloomberg Information earlier in my profession, I already knew about Bloomberg’s dedication to aggressive reporting and neutral journalism, which is required now greater than ever.

Daybreak: What’s the purpose of Bloomberg Authorities?

Angela: We write for and about those that make and affect coverage. We search to cowl the hell out of all issues Congress and Congress-adjacent. We wish to break information that our readers want and inform them what that information means and why it issues to them.

Daybreak: Do you cope with PR individuals in authorities reporting or is it a unique crowd asking for protection?

Angela: I actually get pitches but it surely’s a bit completely different than after I lined an organization/industry-based beat as a reporter. That being stated, all members of Congress have a communications employees and people relationships are necessary for the reporters on my workforce. Helpful pitches on this house tip us off to an issue an organization or {industry} experiences in navigating laws or regulation. Tales a few regulatory or legislative mess will be good to make clear.

Daybreak: What does Bloomberg search for in its interns?

Angela: At Bloomberg Business Group, we’ve got a summer time intern program for which we publish within the fall. We search for people who find themselves curious, have an curiosity in coverage reporting, have expertise in scholar media, and ideally have already carried out a minimum of one different internship. Whereas all interns have lots to study, we count on our interns to be members of our reporting groups throughout their time with us. So we search for individuals with the abilities to hit the bottom operating.

Daybreak: Who mentored you alongside the way in which?

Angela: So many individuals. Whereas I’ve by no means had a formally assigned mentor, I imagine to find mentors in every single place. Any good journalist is curious, so ask questions of everybody. A number of mentors who stand out: Barbara Cochran, a pioneering lady journalist who broke via so many glass ceilings and who gave me the recommendation to enter administration when my daughter was about to turn into an adolescent; Ed Dufner, Bernie Kohn and Joe Sobzyk, Bloomberg editors who’re colleagues once more and collectively taught me virtually every thing I find out about enhancing tales and being calm below fireplace within the course of; and Dawn Garcia and Kat Rowlands, two journalists I do know via Journalism and Ladies Symposium who’ve guided me via conversations about compensation and management.

Daybreak: You had been president of the Nationwide Press Membership. What was that like?

Angela: It was an incredible alternative to spend a 12 months because the group’s volunteer president (whereas doing my full-time reporting job on the identical time). The most effective elements had been internet hosting VIP audio system — George Takei was a favourite — and representing the Press Membership in a dialog with the U.S. Lawyer Common after it was disclosed that the administration had accessed AP cellphone information: a really regarding second for journalists on this nation. The half I later appreciated most was that the 12 months I spent as Press Membership president, I noticed I like managing individuals. It helped finally spark my transfer from reporting to enhancing.

Daybreak: You’re now lively with JAWS. What is that this group’s area of interest and why ought to girls be a part of?

Angela: At JAWS, we search to advance girls in journalism, understanding that whereas a lot progress has been made in newsroom illustration, there’s no “mission completed” flag to fly. As in lots of industries, girls are nonetheless underrepresented on the highest ranges of newsrooms. And as we noticed in painful element through the #MeToo motion, there may be nonetheless an excessive amount of harassment and discrimination. Ladies ought to be a part of JAWS for a spot to community, study new abilities and add your voice to the purpose of advancing girls within the subject. Discover out extra at www.jaws.org.

Daybreak: Which story stands out to you probably the most?

Angela: I all the time have a tough time answering this query. I’ve received awards, however these tales aren’t those which have stayed with me probably the most. The tales I wrote after I was on the regulation workforce at Bloomberg Information, that instructed sophisticated coverage tales via human beings, stick out. The toughest story I reported was a few regulation being thought-about to require backup cameras to be put in in all new passenger automobiles offered within the U.S. Fairly than simply inform a narrative about how automakers had been attempting to forestall an costly regulation, I instructed the story via the eyes of a mom in Iowa who had backed over her toddler and killed him. She grew to become an advocate for backup cameras as a approach to stop related deaths.

Daybreak: Wanting again, what would you do in another way about your profession?

Angela: I’d have studied extra historical past. I spent about three years on the White Home beat on the finish of the Obama administration and I always wished I knew extra historical past, particularly about worldwide locations or abroad sizzling spots that captured the White Home’s consideration. And if I might rewind and be youthful with out as many commitments at dwelling, I would cowl a presidential marketing campaign.

Daybreak: Lastly, what do you do for enjoyable while you’re not on deadline?

Angela: My husband and I are in our first 12 months of empty nesting with our daughter off in school as a freshman. [As] a lot as we loved spending weekends at soccer tournaments for a few years, we’re very a lot having fun with our newfound freedom. I really like attempting new eating places; attempt to go to a minimum of one new nation annually; and am an avid fan of the Inexperienced Bay Packers and Washington Nationals. And within the learn-more-history vein, I not too long ago acquired a Nationwide Park Service Passport guide, so we’ve been visiting NPS websites wherever we journey.

Daybreak Wotapka is a former Wall Road Journal reporter who discovered happiness on the PR darkish facet. She now lives in Atlanta together with her husband and two youngsters. She is a gradual runner and an avid Peloton person. To submit ideas for her Media Movers column, you may contact her at [email protected]. You’ll want to connect with Dawn on LinkedIn.