OLD Media Moves

Promotion, new hires in WSJ DC bureau

November 30, 2009


Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief John Bussey sent out the following e-mail to staff members on Monday:

“I’m pleased to announce a promotion and two new additions to the Washington bureau:

Matthew Rose will become deputy Washington bureau chief when Jake Schlesinger moves to Japan in mid-December to take on his new role as Japan editor. Matthew is currently an assistant Washington bureau chief in charge of coverage of economic policy and the transformation of the government’s role in U.S. industry, among other topics. Matthew joined the Journal in 1995 in London. He has covered a range of beats including European technology and, after moving to New York, the U.S. media. He was an editor on page one for four years before joining the Washington bureau in 2007. Matthew is a graduate of Merton College, Oxford, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Peter Wallsten has joined the Washington bureau to cover national politics. He was recently the national politics reporter at the Los Angeles Times in Washington. He previously covered the White House for the LA Times and regional and national politics for the Miami Herald, the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, Congressional Quarterly, and the St. Pete Times. Peter co-authored a book on Republican Party strategy in 2005. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1994, where he was editor of The Daily Tar Heel.

Tom Catan has joined the bureau to cover antitrust and other legal and regulatory affairs. He was most recently the Journal’s correspondent in Madrid. Previous to that assignment, Tom was the Spain correspondent for The Times of London and spent several years at the Financial Times, where he was energy correspondent, an investigative reporter, and was posted to both New York and Argentina as a foreign correspondent. Tom also worked for a year at Dow Jones Newswires in New York in the late 1990s, was co-editor of a magazine on business in Mexico, and reported for two years at the Mexico City Times. Tom is a graduate of the London School of Economics.”

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