Business journalist Christie Smythe, the editor in chief of Business to Business, is writing a memoir about her life and her relationship with convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, writes Kayla Webley Adler of Elle.
Adler writes, “By the end of 2021, Smythe was promoted to be the publication’s editor-in-chief. ‘There were many, many doomsayers who were proclaiming the end of my journalism career, but they were wrong,’ she says. ‘This is a small world where people get a sense like, ‘Oh she’s good and she knows what she’s doing.’ Sometimes that outweighs ‘Oh, her ex-boyfriend is a famous white collar criminal.’’
“Smythe says everything she went through with Shkreli has given her a leg up in her reporting, which often centers on white collar crime and scandals. ‘I feel I have this ability to see into peoples’ minds—it’s almost like this amazing 3D vision that I didn’t have before. I get this sense of, ‘Oh I can see what this is like from your perspective,’’ she says. ‘I can get interviews that I might not have been able to get before, because people can see that I understand.’ Maybe they can tell she’s an empathetic ear, or maybe they just feel like the woman who fell in love with Martin Shkreli couldn’t possibly be judging them.”
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