Mark Pittman, a Bloomberg News reporter, is responsible for coverage of corporate finance and derivative markets. Pittman, a University of Kansas graduate, has been with Bloomberg news since 1997, covering finance, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, energy markets, politics and economics. Pittman's awards include 2008 Gerald Loeb and New York Press Club awards as well as six New York State Associated Press awards on subjects ranging from an investigation into the deaths of nine children in an elementary school building collapse to coverage of the 25th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. Pittman started his career in Kansas as a reporter and later the city editor of The Coffeyville Journal. He spent two years as a police reporter for the Rochester, N.Y. Democrat and Chronicle and 12 years as a reporter, bureau chief and metro editor of the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, New York. Pittman and his wife, Laura, have three daughters and live in Yonkers, New York.