2004 Minard

Minard Editor Award Honoree
Michael Siconolfi
Senior Editor
Financial Investigative Projects
The Wall Street Journal
New York

Mike Siconolfi is a senior editor heading a financial investigative-projects group at The Wall Street Journal. In this role, he works closely with the Journal's Money & Investing team in New York, with Deputy Managing Editor Dan Hertzberg and other senior editors and bureau chiefs in focusing on major investigative opportunities, especially those calling for financial expertise.

Mr. Siconolfi previously had been deputy editor of the Money & Investing section of the Journal. In that position, he helped to oversee all reporters writing for the section and also edited the Journal's securities-industry coverage, as well as handling page-one projects for the group.

Mr. Siconolfi joined the Journal in 1984 as a regional copyreader in New York. He became a reporter in 1985 and has covered the courts, the commodities markets, mutual funds and managed investing. He was named a senior special writer in March 1994, covering the securities industry, and in May 1995, he became an assistant news editor. He was named a news editor for the Money & Investing section in February 1999 and became deputy editor for the section in June 1999. He was named a senior editor in November 2003.

In 1995, Mr. Siconolfi and Journal reporter Laura Jereski won the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, in the deadline/beat category for their 1994 coverage of the collapse of Kidder Peabody. They also won a Deadline Club award in 1995 from the New York Society of Professional Journalists for their Kidder Peabody coverage. In 1998, Mr. Siconolfi won a Loeb Award in the large newspaper category for a series of stories about investment banks’ practice of IPO “spinning.” He was a member of a Journal team selected as first runner-up for a 1998 SAIS-Novartis Prize in international affairs coverage for their four-part series “Markets Under Siege.” In 1999, he was a member of another Journal team that won the New York Press Club award in the business category for their coverage of the Long-Term Capital Management crisis.

A native of New York City, Mr. Siconolfi graduated from Queens College in New York with a bachelor's degree in English. He earned a master's degree in journalism from New York University.

He and his wife, Lisa, have a son, Nicholas, and a daughter, Jessica, and live in Manhasset, N.Y.

About the Lawrence Minard Editor Award
The Lawrence Minard Editor Award is conferred by the final judges to honor excellence in business journalism editing. The award recognizes the career contributions of a business editor whose work does not receive a byline or whose face does not appear on the air for the work covered. This award is dedicated to the memory of Everett Lawrence “Laury” Minard III, former editor of Forbes Global, who was long affiliated with the Loeb Awards.

Nomination Procedures
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b. Additional references from journalists whose work the nominee has edited, with a description of how the work was enhanced by the nominee’s input, must also be included.

c. The nominees are reviewed by the final judges, and an award recipient is chosen.

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