Martin Z. Braun covers public finance and the municipal bond market for Bloomberg News in New York City. A Cornell University graduate, Braun spent four years as a speechwriter and special assistant to Rochester, New York mayor William A. Johnson. Jr. before beginning his career in journalism. He has worked as reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Bond Buyer. Braun's reporting on how JPMorgan Chase & Co. overcharged Jefferson County, Alabama, by $45 million for public finance, led to the largest-ever federal criminal investigation of the $2.3 trillion U.S. municipal bond market. His stories have won national awards from the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Society of Business Editors and Writers, the New York Press Club, the Deadline Club, the Society of CPAs and the Foreign Press Association Award for the ‛Economic Story of the Year' in 2006. Braun and his wife have two daughters and live in Queens, New York.