OLD Media Moves

Commodities reporter Vaporean leaving Reuters

October 20, 2013

Posted by Chris Roush

Carole Vaporean, a Reuters reporter covering the commodities markets, is leaving the news organization after 26 years.

In an email to Talking Biz News, Vaporean writes:

After 26 years slogging it out as a financial reporter for Reuters, I decided to move on to expand on my 10-year commitment to women’s global empowerment. Over the years, I covered Federal Reserve policy, U.S. and international economics, developed an expertise in technical analysis forecasting of financial and commodity markets, that included a column on foreign exchange markets. I helped start two corporate bond market desks and covered Treasury securities, money market securities and Foreign Sovereign debt, as well as various stock and commodity markets, like gold, oil, industrial metals, and agricultural products.

While I have conducted innumerable executive interviews, some of the most notable included a chat with Playboy CEO Christie Heffner, a brief Q&A with former Federal Reserve vice chair Alice Rivlin while smashed against each other in a packed elevator and a moment of truth when a female competitor chased New York Federal Reserve President Bill McDonough into the men’s room at the Waldorf Astoria, which is where I drew the line on how far I’d go to get the story. The irony, he gave me the interview when he emerged from the men’s room and a sea of disappointed journalists that had swallowed up my competitor. After returning from a two-year sabbatical to earn my MBA from William and Mary, I moved to Reuters nascent TV operation to help develop and produce some of the shows that would become its bread-and-butter programming. Eventually, I returned to writing, reporting and editing.

I’ve lived through Reuters’ many transformations, but was finally made an offer I could not refuse that allows me to create the next phase of my very active life. I see the rapid social and environmental change happening in the world and feel that I can make a greater impact writing about those issues and trends going forward. For the last 10 years, I have worked tirelessly with organizations committed to global empowerment of women and want to further those efforts, as well. Fate will dictate my steps from here, as I continue to practice gratitude, grace and generosity.

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