OLD Media Moves

Reporter who left WSJ two months ago is now back

February 1, 2007

Laurie Cohen, a well-known Wall Street Journal reporter who left the paper back in November to go to startup Conde Nast Portfolio, is now back at the Journal, according to a memo posted on the Romenesko site.

Laurie CohenPortfolio has yet to publish its first issue.

In the memo, senior editor Michael Siconolfi said, “Laurie’s responsibilities will be the same–digging out great legal and financial stories–and she again will report to me. Please welcome her back.”

In 2003, Cohen was a member of a team of Journal reporters awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for a series of stories that exposed corporate scandals, elucidated them and brought them to life in compelling narratives.

In 1996, she was a member of two Journal reporting teams that won awards. One team won a Sigma Delta Chi award for public service from the Society of Professional Journalists for coverage of the tobacco industry. The second team received the award for best reporting in the minority issues category in a contest sponsored by the Deadline Club, the New York City Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Cohen received the 1995 Front Page Award for investigative reporting for her page-one story, “Dirty Dozen?� The story focused on how criminals sometimes attempt to purchase freedom through jury tampering.

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