Pollock, who was the editor in chief of Bloomberg’s Businessweek until shake-ups at the title in November, will succeed Dean Murphy. Earlier this year, the Times revealed that Murphy was leaving Biz Day, as it’s known, for an associate editor role focusing on enterprise journalism across the Times newsroom. Before going to Bloomberg, where, she said, she learned to “think more visually,” Pollock spent 18 years climbing the ranks at The Wall Street Journal. Her last role before leaving the Journal was as deputy Page One editor.
“This is such an incredibly important moment for covering business and business news. Partly because of the election and having a business man in the White House, but also because of the way the economics of the country are changing,” Pollock told WWD. “I’m excited about covering the changes in workplaces, the issues of automation, how companies big and small deal with changes in the business environment are going to be fascinating stories to cover. I think we are going to be very forward looking in terms of the changes in the business landscape and in workplaces of all kinds.”
“Ellen has a rare mix of skills that suits the mission and importance of our business, finance, media, tech and economics coverage. Both as a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal and then at Businessweek, she has proven herself a master of business storytelling,” executive editor Dean Baquet, managing editor Joseph Kahn, and deputy managing editor Rebecca Blumenstein wrote in a newsroom memo. “She is also a fierce competitor on the newsiest stories of the moment, from corporate fraud to technology-led disruption of traditional industries. She has a magazine editor’s sensibility for memorable takeouts, and the drive to be fast, clear and compelling on the most important news.”
In her new role, Pollock will work closely with deputy managing editor Blumenstein, whom the Times poached from the Journal in February, on expanding the paper’s business coverage.
Pollock, who has edited Pulitzer Prize-winning stories and is the author of “The Pretender: How Martin Frankel Fooled the Financial World and Led the Feds on One of the Most Publicized Manhunts in History,” will not be the only member of her family at the Times. Her husband, journalist Barry Meier, is a reporter at the paper who was part of the team that won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting last week.
“Huge and well-deserved congrats to Ellen Pollock — aka my best friend and wife — on her new job,” Meier tweeted this morning.
“When I was at The Wall Street Journal and he was at the Times, we always had to have complicated rules about discussing what we were working on,” she said. “So it will be nice not to have to deal with that.”