Matthew Karnitschnig is a staff reporter in the New York bureau of The Wall Street Journal. As the paper's chief mergers and acquisitions reporter, he has broken a number of important deals, including Mars' purchase of Wrigley, Hewlett-Packard's takeover of EDS and Pfizer's acquisition of Wyeth. Previously, Mr. Karnitschnig covered the media industry, focusing in particular on conglomerates such as Time Warner and Viacom. He was also one of the lead reporters covering News Corp.s' acquisition of Dow Jones.
Mr. Karnitschnig previously served as a staff reporter in The Wall Street Journal's Germany bureau, where he covered that country's major companies from 2002 to 2005. From 2000 until 2002, he was the paper's correspondent in Vienna, covering Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining the Journal, he worked as a correspondent for BusinessWeek in Germany. He has also worked for Bloomberg News and Reuters.
A native of Arizona, Mr. Karnitschnig received a bachelor's degree from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and a master's degree from Columbia University.