OLD Media Moves

Salmon leaving Portfolio for Reuters

March 12, 2009

Reuters announced Thursday the hire of renowned blogger Felix Salmon, who will head up a global financial blog, effective April 1.

In this new role based out of New York, Salmon will report to Jonathan Ford, editor-in-charge, commentary, who leads a global team of columnists and is responsible for increasing the number and variety of columns and blogs offered by Reuters.

“I am delighted to have secured Felix to head up the financial blog that we are planning, which we intend to be a must-read not only for Wall Street but for the City and the wider financial world,” said Ford in a statement. “Felix is an extremely talented financial blogger and a true original. He will add real value for Reuters and its massive community of financial readers in years to come.”

Salmon has been blogging since 1999, most recently for Market Movers, a financial blog on Portfolio.com. Salmon arrived in the United States in 1997 from England, where he worked at Euromoney magazine.

He also wrote daily commentary on Latin American markets for the former news service Bridge News, freelanced for a variety of publications, helped set up the New York bureau of a financial website, and created the Economonitor blog for Roubini Global Economics.

“I love to be wrong on the Internet, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be wrong in real life as well,” said Salmon in a statement. “The people I’ll be working with are all whip-smart and super-enthusiastic, the news and data resources of Thomson Reuters are unsurpassable, and we’ll be linking to the most insightful and provocative commentators in the world with great frequency and enthusiasm. I genuinely believe we’re going to create the best opinion website in the econoblogosphere, and I’m hugely excited to be a part of it.”

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