We’re excited to announce that Danielle Paquette is joining the Financial staff as part of the new data/storytelling venture. Danielle is a rising star in narrative journalism. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism, and while there she took top honors from the Hearst National Writing Competition in 2011 and was named student journalist of the year for 2012 by the Indiana SPJ. She worked for the Tampa Bay Times for a year after college and has most recently been a staff writer for L.A. Weekly.
Danielle is a natural storyteller with a strong instinct for narrative and an eye for detail. On the cops beat in St. Petersburg, she would make an ordinary domestic shooting incident read like a scene from a crime novel. Then she would follow up weeks later and tell the story of the victim, the relationship gone bad, the road to recovery. She found the emergency responder who fell in love with the stabbing victim, the porn starlet who just wanted a farm in New Hampshire and, in a piece that helped her win the national collegiate award, the street preacher’s teenage daughter who faced down her peers.
We were impressed by Danielle’s writing and won over by her drive and enthusiasm, and we expect her to play a key role in making the data/storytelling project a must-read every day. Please join us in welcoming her when she starts May 5.
Announcement from Business Editor Greg Schneider and Sunday Business Editor Kelly Johnson:
We’re delighted to announce that Jonnelle Marte will join the Financial staff to create and run a new blog on wealth and retirement. Jonnelle comes to us from MarketWatch, where she is the lead writer for the tax blog and writes often about the economy and the impact of the health care law on employers and consumers. Before MarketWatch, Jonnelle wrote for the Wall Street Journal Sunday, often on employment and consumer trends, and held internships at the Boston Globe, Detroit News and Miami Herald.
She graduated in 2008 from Florida International University, double-majoring in chemistry and political science. Jonnelle is a policy junkie who excels at writing for the ordinary consumer, from testing out the fastest way to send money electronically (Square Cash, hands down) to spelling out “10 things Social Security won’t tell you” (such as the way it penalizes dual-earning households). As one of her former editors said, “It’s hard to find people who get excited about taxes, bonds, policy, economics… But Jonnelle does!”
We can vouch for that — Jonnelle wrote two great memos about how to set up the new blog before we could even ask for them. She’ll work closely with Kelly Johnson and help develop personal finance features for Sunday Business. Jonnelle starts May 5, and the new blog will follow soon after.