On November 3, 2008 -- in a newsroom memo welcoming new reporter Zachery Kouwe to the NYT -- business editor Larry Ingrassia crowed about the star they'd just poached from the New York Post.
After noting that Kouwe was the second Post reporter to join the business staff -- "following in the formidable footsteps of Jenny Anderson," Ingrassia said -- he listed some of Kouwe's most notable accomplishments.
"Like Jenny, " Ingrassia said, "Zach established himself as a nimble competitor who managed to win the respect of rivals with his scoops – on John Thain's appointment to Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan’s eyeing Bear Stearns last March and Microsoft’s interest in Yahoo well before its bid."
The memo notes that Kouwe worked at the Post for three years, after a stint as a reporter for the Dow Jones Newswires, where Ingrassia said he "covered leveraged buyouts and the private equity industry." Kouwe also interned at the Denver Post and the Wall Street Journal.
In 2000, the NYT memo said, Kouwe got his undergraduate degree in in economics and history at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and earned a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Colorado in 2004.
Ingrassia told the staff that Kouwe "enjoys playing golf and skiing (though he confesses he doesn’t get to do much of either), watching college basketball (both his dad and his older brother played varsity hoops at Syracuse), listening to jazz and reading American history."
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