For the first featured journalist of 2014, we are delighted to highlight Bloomberg's Terje Langeland. As an editor at Bloomberg News in Tokyo, Langeland works with a team of reporters and editors across the region, as well as counterparts in Europe and North America, to break real-time news and produce in-depth features on Asia's largest companies.
As a journalist, Langeland writes of travels that have led him to interview everyone from prison inmates and drug dealers to whistleblowers, business executives, generals, governors and congressmen. "From the Pine Ridge Indian reservation to the Pentagon, from rural corners of Wisconsin to Washington, Oslo, Beijing and Tokyo, I've interviewed and interacted with people I never would have run across in any other job," he writes. During this time, he's also earned numerous accolades: Langeland has received more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Scripps Howard Foundation, the National Newspaper Association, the Education Writers Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists, as well as fellowships from both IRE and Scripps. His work has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, to name just a few.
The story he's most proud of, however, is his 1999 team investigation at The Colorado Daily that led to the resignation of the president of the University of Colorado. (So to check out more of his work, don't miss his extensive Muck Rack portfolio.) As for his advice to aspiring journalists, it's this: "Only do it if you're passionate and have talent. Also, get some 'real' experience covering cops, courts and city hall, if you can."