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The Information Hires Nathan Becker as First Finance Editor

Here's a note I just sent the team.

I am thrilled to announce that Nate Becker will be joining us later this month as Finance Editor to expand The Information's coverage of financial services. He's joining us from WSJ where he helped lead the paper's renowned team covering deals and Wall Street. He also ran the breaking news desk at the Journal and first joined Dow Jones in 2008. Nate was a Knight-Bagehot fellow and got his MBA from Columbia.

As I’ve shared, I see tremendous opportunity for us to deepen our impact and influence in reporting on the future of finance and the people driving it. Through our coverage of the private markets, we’re already a must-read on Wall Street. One-third of our subscribers work in financial services. And we see much opportunity ahead.

The future of finance will be shaped by both Wall Street and Silicon Valley. That’s a huge opportunity for us that we plan to seize by hiring a number of new reporters in beats ranging from deals to fintech and more. At the same time, the largest tech companies are their own financial ecosystems. We have a tremendous opportunity to cover the flows of money in and around them.

Nate will initially focus on recruiting for the expanded finance team while getting to know and work with many of you whose beats already focus on these areas. Much in the way that Weekend has expanded our coverage, I am excited for Nate and his team to broaden The Information’s range and impact. He will be based in North Carolina with regular trips to New York.

As an aside, I feel very proud and lucky that we’re in expansion mode at this moment in the industry. It’s a testament to all your wonderful work and our unique approach: We aim high and climb the hill together.

Thank you and onward.


Jessica Lessin founded The Information in 2013 after reporting on Silicon Valley for eight years for the Wall Street Journal. She regularly writes about all things tech, media and the wild ride both industries are in for. She can be found on Twitter at @jessicalessin.
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