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An ability to look at material and pull out the highlights

August 1, 2013

Posted by Chris Roush

Kathy Hovis of Cornell University’s Ezra publication profiled Scarlet Fu, the chief markets correspondent for Bloomberg Television and one of the anchors of “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

Hovis writes, “Although she can dissect an earnings report or chat about insider trading investigations with the best of them, Fu’s background doesn’t include a stint on Wall Street or a major in finance.

“Instead, Fu was a history major at Cornell, but she says she graduated with ‘the ability to look across time periods and regions, to delve into interesting material and pull out the highlights quickly’ — skills that have prepared her well for her career as a financial journalist.

“After Cornell, Fu took a position with General Electric in Hong Kong, where she rotated through several departments and started taking an interest in topics like sales reports and accounting methods. From there, she found a position at CNBC Asia in Hong Kong, where she researched and wrote financial stories for their television anchors. She eventually landed a position with Bloomberg TV in 2007, where she oversaw coverage of Asian equities, reported on the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997, contributed to a variety of shows and became U.S. stocks editor. She was named co-host of ‘Surveillance’ in 2012.

“Fu’s Cornell connections have proven useful in her role at Bloomberg. President David Skorton has appeared on the show several times, speaking about the cost of higher education, the Cornell NYC Tech campus ‘and trying to get me to sing the alma mater on air,’ which Fu says she politely declined because ‘I can’t hold a tune.’ She also has interviewed faculty members, and Burt Flickinger ’80, a manager at Strategic Resource Group, a leading U.S. retail consulting firm, has been a frequent guest analyzing activity in the retail sector.”

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