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Business journalism dropout finds a job and gets back in the racket

June 20, 2011

Posted by Chris Roush


Back in November, Talking Biz News posted an item about Kat Greene, a former business journalist for Dow Jones Newswires, Institutional Investor and the Arizona Republic’s business news desk, who walked away from the career in business journalism she always wanted.

The item, which originally was posted on her Facebook page, talked about how she was “was doing the one thing no one would have predicted, and I felt liberated. I was free from everyone’s expectations of me, from my own impossible goals, from the path I’d started down years ago.”

Greene, a Washington & Lee University graduate, moved back to Atlanta, where she was raised. And now, seven months later, she has a new job — as the banking and finance reporter for the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

She replaces Andy Peters, who left to join American Banker but had been at the publication for less than a year.

Says Greene: “While unemployed, I tried hard to break myself of the journalism habit, but I found that I couldn’t. I made myself the center of information and gossip, and when people I knew wanted to know about Osama bin Laden’s death or Bill Gross’ defiance of US Treasury notes or whether our friend Megan would have ranch dressing on the buffet table at her wedding, they knew I would know, or know how to find out fast.

“I decided that I wasn’t looking for a job or a career path — I was looking for a home. I hope that’s what I’ve found here, back in my literal hometown, but also at this close-knit company.”

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