Zach Kouwe is a public relations executive with Dukas Public Relations in New York. He specializes in the financial services industry including hedge funds, private equity firms and other asset management firms. He is a former business journalist, having worked as a staff reporter for The New York Times, The New York Post, and Dow Jones Newswires.
In addition to strategic media relations counsel and message development, he assists in writing and editing white papers, Op-Eds, web content and speeches. He also implements social media campaigns and consults on search engine optimization (SEO).
Mr. Kouwe served as a researcher for Joe Nocera (New York Times Columnist) and Bethany McLean (Vanity Fair Contributing Editor) on their best-selling book, "All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis." (Published in Nov. 2010) He also conducted fact-checking and research for "Debt, Deficits and the Demise of the American Economy," a book by Peter J. Tanous and CNBC.com writer Jeff Cox, which was published in the Spring of 2011.
Mr. Kouwe began his journalism career in 2000 as a reporter for Wall Street Letter, a financial newsletter published by Institutional Investor. In 2002, he edited Institutional Investor's Spring ETF Report, a publication on the then-burgeoning market for exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
He joined The Times in 2008 as a reporter for the popular DealBook blog. At The Times, he wrote, co-wrote or contributed to more than 1,600 articles and blog posts. Before the The Times, Mr. Kouwe authored 969 articles for the New York Post's business section as the paper's chief mergers & acquisitions and private equity reporter. He gained the attention of the financial journalism community by being the first to report that then New York Stock Exchange CEO John Thain had been named as the new head of Merrill Lynch, just as the Financial Crisis was taking hold.
Mr. Kouwe was part of a team of reporters at The Times named as finalists for a Gerald Loeb Award for their reporting on the Bernard L. Madoff Ponzi scheme in 2009 and was one of the paper's lead reporters covering the massive insider trading case centered on the Galleon Group hedge fund and its founder, Raj Rajaratnam. He has also written for the financial blog, DealBreaker. Follow his comments on Forbes.com.
He recently had an ordeal getting married in Yosemite National Park during the government shutdown.
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