You read their stories and watch their financial reports daily. Some of you follow their Twitter pages and are fans of them on Facebook. If you work in corporate communications or media relations you may even share a LinkedIn connection with these influential journalists.
But how well do you really know the people who cover Corporate America and deliver impactful business and financial news daily?
NewsBios.com, which has reported on the world’s most influential journalists since 1987, has begun a regular online feature, Do You Know Me?, in which it describes a well-known reporter or editor and asks readers if they can correctly identify the journalist based on biographical details that often are not part of the journalist’s official biography.
Do You Know Me?, which uses #DYKMQ as its official Twitter handle, includes a photo of each journalist, although at first, the reporter’s or editor’s face is masked. After giving readers 24 hours to post their guesses, the correct identity and full photo of the journalist are revealed.
Here are four recent Do You Know Me? quizzes posted at NewsBios.com and on Twitter and LinkedIn. Can you correctly guess the names and affiliations of the journalists?
DYKMQ #1: Do you know me? I’m a veteran print and broadcast business journalist. My grandfather was a Pulitzer-winning historian and served as the librarian of Congress from 1975 until 1987.
My grandfather-in-law was Paul A. Samuelson, the first American Nobel laureate in economics.
My father is an author who also writes and produces television documentaries and entertainment programs. He wrote the script for 2011’s “The Lost Kennedy Home Movies.” My mother works in public relations and marketing for a resort on the Emerald Coast in Nicaragua.
I was married in December 2007 and gave birth to a son, Henry, in 2011. Je parle francais.
Who am I?
DYKMQ #2: Do you know me? Here I am posing with fellow Brit Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter. My five daughters would be so jealous.
I meet lots of famous folks. I’m now a top U.S. business editor who previously worked as an economist and BBC economics correspondent. I’ve also worked at The Times of London and The Financial Times. Since November 2013, I’ve written a daily online column. I once described myself as a ‘right-wing curmudgeon.’
My daughter nagged me to buy a raffle ticket on a visit to Ireland and we won a pony, “Buttons.”
Who am I?
DYKMQ #3: Do you know me? I’ve reported for The New York Times’ Dealbook almost as long as founder Andrew Ross Sorkin. When I joined in 2006, I was only 25 years old.
My main coverage areas are mergers and acquisitions, white-collar crime, bankruptcy and restructuring, and private equity. I graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School and got my BA in English from Emory University. I also have an MA from New York University in Journalism.
I’m a native New Yorker. My brother is a physician at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Among my favorite foods: Carolina pulled pork barbecue.
Who am I?
DYKMQ #4: Do you know me? After a short stint writing the Lex column from New York, I have been covering M&A for The Financial Times since January 2015. This is my first posting in the U.S.
I’m a native of Milan who has worked in Delhi, Brussels, and London. At City University of London, I was shortlisted for the “Student News Writer of the Year” award.
My wife is an author and opinion columnist. Her book is about feminist activism in rural India. I enjoy soccer and was a semi-professional player in Italy.
Who am I?
To participate in future Do You Know Me? quizzes, follow NewsBios.com on Twitter or visit its website at www.NewsBios.com.
The answers to all four of the quizzes above – featuring full photos of each journalist – can be found at https://newsbios.wordpress.com/do-you-know-me-quiz-the-reveal/.
NewsBios creates independent, unauthorized dossiers on influential journalists, featuring details of their professional and personal lives that generally are not available in the official bios provided by the journalists or their news organizations. The company, which serves global corporations and public relations agencies, was featured in The Sunday New York Times in October 2014. It is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.