I’m a national breaking news and feature correspondent focusing on state and local politics and policy at Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek. I’ve been a finalist for the Livingston Awards for my story about the legislative assault on the business of abortion, named the Best New Journalist by the Newswomen’s Club of New York, and received the Feddie Award from the National Press Foundation and the Society of the Silurians’ Excellence in Journalism Award for magazine reporting for a feature on income inequality. Earlier in my career, I datelined an article from Timbuktu, Mali, and broke the story of Goldman Sachs’ access to swine flu vaccine when even pregnant women were empty handed. I was that BusinessWeek employee who raised her hand.
I recently moved to Santa Barbara, California, after six years in New York City. I was born on a blueberry farm in Maine and attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where I focused on magazine writing, and Boston College. Here I am on the twitter: @esmedeprez.
I was named after the main character of J.D. Salinger’s short story, “For Esmé – with Love and Squalor,” that later became one of Nine Stories. It was first published in The New Yorker in 1950, and can be viewed here. It begins: “Just recently, by air mail, I received an invitation to a wedding that will take place in England on April 18th.” My birthday is April 18th. My parents claim they weren’t aware of this coincidence. I am skeptical.