Associated Press acting business editor Kevin Shinkle sent out the following staff announcement on Friday:
It’s a pleasure to announce that Joshua Boak will join the Business News staff as an economics reporter in Washington. He starts Nov. 11. Josh comes to AP from The Fiscal Times, where he was the deputy Washington bureau chief, covering economics and politics, in addition to editing stories.
Before The Fiscal Times, Josh was an economics reporter at Politico and he worked as the reporter/researcher on “Obama’s Wars,” by Bob Woodward. He has reported for the Chicago Tribune and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio, where he was part of the paper’s prize-winning team that covered the “Coingate” scandal.
Josh moved to Washington determined not to root for the Nationals baseball team, but the lure of cheap tickets and Bryce Harper proved irresistible. He is obsessed with road bicycling and says that he is — according to most audiences — a terrible guitarist.
Josh graduated from Princeton University and earned a master’s in journalism from Columbia University.