I’m a state and local government reporter covering national breaking news and features on politics and policy at Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek. I’ve been a finalist for the Livingston Awards, 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 my Bloomberg Businessweek feature on income inequality. I’ve reported on abortion laws from clinics in Texas, North Dakota, Mississippi and Oklahoma, on labor protests from the streets of Madison and Lansing and on the legalization of gay marriage from New York’s Senate floor. Earlier, 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, mostly Brooklyn. 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.