Winnie O’Kelley

Professor of Business Journalism, M.A. Business & Economics Concentration Lead

Winnie O’Kelley is an industry veteran known for her outstanding journalistic career as an editor on business and finance, with a specialty in economic impact and corporate wrongdoing.

She served as executive editor for Bloomberg News covering government, legal issues and financial regulation. In this role, she managed several hundred journalists around the world, overseeing news and enterprise stories at the intersection of power and business, including financial fraud, cybersecurity and privacy and health care fraud. Additionally, she was executive editor of the Washington bureau.

More recently, she created a global financial investigations team that covers everything from Russian money laundering and sanctions violations to corporate accounting shenanigans and collusion. O’Kelley is also a regular guest on Bloomberg TV, providing context and analysis on the latest financial headlines.

Prior to Bloomberg, O’Kelley worked for 20 years at The New York Times, where she held several leadership roles.  She was David Kocieniewski’s editor on his Pulitzer Prize-winning series on tax avoidance, “But Nobody Pays That.”  As the deputy business editor, she managed the paper’s coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath.

In 2012, O’Kelley received the Lawrence Minard Editor Award, a Gerald Loeb recognition for lifetime achievement.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

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