David Barboza is the Midwest business correspondent for The New York Times based in Chicago, Illinois. He writes about Fortune 500 companies in the Midwest, as well as the Chicago financial markets and business trends in the region. David graduated from Boston University with a bachelor's degree in history and attended Yale University for graduate school, studying history, philosophy and education. In college, he was an intern and stringer for The New York Times, working first in Boston and later in New York. He also worked as a research assistant and stringer in the Dallas Bureau of the paper. He was hired as a staff writer in the business section of The New York Times in 1997 to cover the stock market. David has spent several years, in the early to mid 1990s, working on a book about higher education, using John Silber and Boston University as his subject matter. The book is not yet complete. David will be a New York Times Media Fellow at Duke University until April 14, 2001.