Our Reporters

MNI's full-time journalists are located across Europe, America and Asia include former fixed-income and currency traders and strategists. All of our reporters are financial market experts with deep knowledge and well-informed industry contacts.


David BarwickDavid Barwick is the bureau chief of MNI's Frankfurt office, covering Eurozone macroeconomic data and monetary policy. He particularly enjoys pursuing central bankers wherever they may hide, and through years of frequenting IMF/World Bank meetings, G20s, Eurogroup meetings and a variety of publicized and less publicized events has managed to become a familiar face to a very large number of financial policymakers, in particular ECB Governing Council members. His career as a journalist started with a masters degree in the field earned at Kent State University in Ohio. Before coming to MNI Mr. Barwick, who also has a masters in economics, spent two years at a regional newspaper in eastern Germany.


John R. Carter is MNI's Asia News Editor. He was a founding member of MNI in 1984, starting as Bureau Chief of the Washington office. In that position, he helped develop MNI's coverage of U.S. government financial policies and economic data, which quickly became the industry standard. MNI pioneered detailed financial policy coverage of the Federal Reserve, the US Congress and the White House, as well as develop the first real-time economic data tables and analyses for market professionals. Mr. Carter became Europe Managing Editor in 1994, bringing with him the proven MNI methods to policy and data coverage. MNI again pioneered detailed coverage of central banks (the Bank of England, the Bundesbank and later the European Central Bank), of major European government financial policy moves, and key economic data of major economies. MNI is acknowledged as the market leader in central bank and economic data in Europe. Mr. Carter became Managing Editor for Asia in February in 2006 with the mission of ensuring top quality coverage of financial policy and economic data for global fixed-income and foreign exchange market participants. 


Michael Chrysostomou has been a Senior Fixed Income Analyst with the Fixed Income bullet points team in London since December 2011, focusing on short end fixed income and money market rates. Michael currently also contributes to MNI email services as well as MNI’s Fixed Income Instant-Messenger services. Before joining MNI, Michael worked as a Fixed Income trader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, specialising in European T-bills and short-term maturity bonds. In total Michael has 14 years investment banking experience, with 8 years within the debt rates area of Merrill Lynch, supporting Sterling, Dollar and Euro Interest rates swaps, OIS and Fixed income bond products.


Jack Duffy is MNI’s European Debt Reporter, based in Paris. Jack covers developing events in various peripheral Eurozone countries, core EMU governments and other European institutions. He contributes to MNI’s daily baseline coverage of financial and macroeconomic news on the European Continent. Jack was an editor of the Business Day section of the New York Times where, in addition to print, his duties included the NYT website and blogs. Before that, he worked for five years at Bloomberg News in New York City, where he led the team that covered the fall of Enron Corp. and of the accounting firm Arthur Andersen. From 1992 to 1999, Jack was a reporter, then bureau chief, for Knight-Ridder Financial News (the predecessor of Bridge News) in Paris, where he supervised coverage of French economic, financial, political and commodities news. During the four years preceding his time at KRFN, Jack worked as a reporter and editor for the International Herald Tribune, where he covered, among other things, economic events in Poland and Hungary after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Jack holds a Masters in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism. Follow Jack on Twitter: www.twitter.com/MNIEurozone



Chen Ying is an Analyst for MNI in Beijing. She has over seven years experience covering China's capital markets. Prior to her work with MNI, Ms. Ying was a correspondent for the Wen Wei Po, a leading Hong Kong-based newspaper. She also spent over three years as a project manager in the marketing department of China Telecommunications Co. Chen Ying has a degree in international finance from Peking University.



Les Commons joined MNI in 2001, providing the invaluable content for all MNI services ahead of the start of European trading as well as coverage of US Treasuries ahead of the NYC open. Mr. Commons is Senior Reporter in London and has over 20 years experience of the bond markets, including spells based in Tokyo and New York, which helps to make the news he provides to European customers at the start of European trade, some of the most popular MNI content. Les holds a Bsc in Politics and Economics.



Allen Feng is a Senior Analyst in MNI’s Beijing office. Mr. Feng has built a reputation as one of the most informed and professional among China’s burgeoning class of financial reporters. A graduate of the University of International Business and Economics, Mr. Feng came to MNI from Xinhua Finance, where he followed trends in China’s economic development. Prior to that, Allen worked for CNES, among Taiwan’s leading financial information companies, providing leading edge market intelligence to investors across the Straits.



Flora Guo is an Analyst for MNI in Beijing. Ms. Wei is responsible for surveying Chinese corporates as part of the monthly MNI China Business Sentiment Survey and is also in charge of the Asian data product. Prior to her work at MNI, Ms. Wei worked in business development for a leading mainland medical services company. Ms. Wei graduated with a degree in English language from the North China University of Technology.




Hiroshi Inoue joined MNI in 2008 as Correspondent specializing in the coverage of the Bank of Japan. He began his journalistic career on the bond market team at Reuters’s Tokyo bureau in October 1987, the day following what became known as Black Monday. Mr. Inoue moved to Knight-Ridder Financial News in 1990 to continue covering financial markets and economic data and became a seasoned BOJ watcher. He continued his insightful reporting at KRFN’s successor BridgeNews till 2001. He continued to write about the BOJ’s monetary policy for Dow-Jones Newswires in Tokyo until just before he moved to MNI. He has earned respect of many BOJ officials, including Governor Toshihiko Fukui.



Kevin Kastner is Deputy Bureau Chief for economic data and the "chief pilot" for major economic indicators. As the line manager of MNI's extensive economic data report he coordinates the origination of more than 100 data reports a month and the large amount of accompanying material. He is responsible for the design of individual wire items such as summary tables that streamline and clarify government data, the presentation and arrangement of many different types of data and the tactics of delivery, prioritizing and highlighting key elements in line with customer needs and the changing economy. Kevin has been with MNI since 1995 and has been head of the MNI US data product since 1999. He holds a BA degree in economics from the University of Maryland.


Karen Mracek is MNI's Global Managing Editor. Before her promotion to this position in 2016 she was Senior Fed correspondent where she lead to the coverage of the Federal Reserve System, including writing about the 12 Federal Reserve banks and the Board of Governors. Her beat included writing about the economy and monetary policy. She was previously with Kiplinger Washington Editors where she did business forecasting for The Kiplinger Letter. She provided commentary on a variety of economic indicators including employment, inflation, housing, consumer credit and trade. Karen also worked at the Des Moines Register as the assistant business editor, where she covered banking and financial services, was a business reporter at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and led a regional business magazine in Eastern Iowa. She has an economics degree from the University of Florida.



Sheila MullanSheila Mullan holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and completed a post-college traineeship at Comptoir Agricole du Pays Bas Normand agricultural brokerage in Rouen, France. She continued to study at Columbia University (International Relations) and NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (Financial Futures, Derivatives). Sheila is proficient in French and Russian. She has daily newspaper experience, wire service experience and a long specialty at MNI in covering U.S. Treasuries, the overnight repo market and the New York Fed. She has also freelanced for The New York Times, New York Post (Business Section), and the Christian Science Monitor. Sheila is on the board of the New York Financial Writers’ Association, the nation's oldest financial writers group.


Yali N'Diaye is MNI's Ottawa Bureau Chief. She joined MNI's Paris bureau in September 1998 to cover economic indicators, bond markets and news from the Bank of France and the French Finance Ministry. She joined the Washington office in 2001 to cover economic data and then became Deputy Bureau Chief for News. In addition to reporting and editing on a daily basis, Yali originates an ongoing series of portfolio manager interviews that examines changing strategies of great interest to anyone managing money. Her focus on how some of the brightest minds in finance adjust to ever-changing economic circumstances adds a special dimension to the Main Wire. Her stream of exclusives from other areas, such as markets and financial institution regulation, credit rating agencies, accounting and mortgage markets often break new ground. Prior to joining MNI, Yali worked as a bond market economist for a French broker. A native French speaker, she holds a bachelor degree in economics with a major in economic policy and analysis (Paris 1 - Pantheon-Sorbonne) and a masters degree in international banking and finance (Universite du Havre).


Angelika Papamiltiadou is MNI's Senior Eurozone Correspondent and is based in Athens. She has covered news for MNI from across the Eurozone since 2004. Since 2009 she focused on the Eurozone crisis and mainly on Greece and Cyprus, two of the most difficult bail-out countries in terms of coverage. She is well known for her exclusives, market moving stories and interviews with top EU officials as well as for her exclusive insight on the European Commission, the European Council and the Eurogroup.  She has been covering the European Council meetings for international media since 2000 and all Eurogroup meetings since 2005. She has also been covering IMF meetings since 2007.

Previously Angelika was the Senior Financial Correspondent for Sky News, Dow Jones and was Bridge NewsBureau chief in Athens. Angelika has a Law degree from the University of Leicester in Britain and a Masters’ degree in journalism.


David Robinson is the senior UK reporter for MNI. He has been at Markets News since the summer 2001. A newswire veteran, he was senior UK Politcal Reporter, and an economics reporter, at Bridge News from 1995 through to 2000. Bridge News was formed out of Knight Ridder Financial News, part of the US media group, and Dow Jones Telerate. Prior to joining Bridge News David was a UK political reporter for Knight Ridder. Mr Robinson has held a parliamentary lobby pass for more than a decade. and has reported on UK economics and politics since 1996. Before working at Knight Ridder, he spent years in the financial trade press, working for Dutch publishing group VNU on accounting and investment titles. He has a BA in philosophy and has been undertaking post-graduate studies in economics.


Sophia Rodrigues is a Sydney-based reporter for MNI. She began work as a journalist with Dow Jones Newswires in Mumbai, India in 1996 covering money markets and the central bank, and later moved to Crisil MarketWire where she covered central banks, the bond market and the foreign-exchange market. She moved to New Zealand in 2004 and after a break moved back to journalism as a freelancer working for Platts where she covered oil and gas for the Australia/New Zealand region, for bankingday.com where she reported on banking and NZ central bank, and for a newswire reporting on global financial markets. She is a New Zealand citizen with a masters degree in Commerce.


Max Sato joined MNI in August 2005 to launch a bureau in Tokyo as Bureau Chief and a Bank of Japan watcher. He has been in the news business for over two decades, covering economic, political and general news in Asia and North America. Before joining MNI, Mr. Sato was economic editor, Japan, for Agence France-Presse in Tokyo from 2003. He was a Bank of Canada and market watcher during his stints as senior correspondent for Reuters and then Canadian chief correspondent for BridgeNews in Toronto, from 1998 through 2001. From the mid-1980s, just before the economic bubble era, till the outbreak of the Asian financial crisis of 1997, he was in Japan, covering shipping, energy, forex and macro-economic policy while also writing concert and fine art reviews and filing on religious cults and other social trends. Mr. Sato helped launch Reuters Financial Television in Asia as News Editor in 1995.


Vicki Schmelzer

Vicki Schmelzer, MNI's Senior FX Reporter, is the creator and author of MNI OnTheRadar, a daily currency feature for MNI's Main Wire. In addition to TheFXSpot, Ms Schmelzer writes other analysis pieces dealing with currency and commodity trends globally. Ms. Schmelzer traded spot and forward currencies for over 20 years at major U.S. and international banks, including Citibank, Manufacturers Hanover Trust, Dresdner Bank and Westdeutsche Landesbank, before joining MNI in 2000. She has appeared in the past on Forex-TV and in the Alain Lasfargues documentary "The Marvelous History of the US Dollar". She recently co-authored a book on foreign exchange with Barbara Rockefeller of Rockefeller Treasury Services (Harriman House February 2013). Follow Vicki on Twitter: www.twitter.com/MNIEyeOnFX.


Ashok Sekar joined MNI in May 2014 as a Senior Fixed Income Analyst. Based in Hong Kong, Ashok focuses on Asian, US and Australian Fixed income markets.  Ashok also contributes to the MNI daily emails as well as the MNI Edge instant messaging service. Ashok has more than 14 years financial market experience across all client segments and a majority of markets. After commencing his career as a private client broker in Australia focused on Financial Futures  FX and commodities, Ashok moved to MF global in Chicago and then New York where he worked on the Fixed Income Futures and Options desk. He then moved to RBS in Singapore in a similar capacity and then to Hong Kong where he worked for Tradition and then Thomson Reuters.


Nick Shamim joined MNI in August 2001, and is currently manager of Fixed Income and FX Bullet Points product in Europe. Nick currently produces the MNI Morning FI mail and regularly contributes to the Main Wire on regular eurozone bond auction analysis and eurozone funding exclusives. He is also a qualified technical analyst and holds a diploma from Society of Technical Analysts (STA) and Certified Financial Technician (CFTe). Prior to joining MNI, Nick was a bond strategist at Norinchukin International in London, and before that at ANZ Investment Bank as their currency and bond strategist in London. Nick also holds a BSc in Economics and MSc in International Banking & Finance.


John Shaw, congressional correspondent for MNI since 1991, focuses much of his reporting on fiscal policy and his expertise in this area has served readers well in this period of unprecedented fiscal stress and accompanying unprecedented supply to the U.S. government securities market. He also writes on China relations, trade legislation, banking, regulation, pensions and many other issues that can affect markets directly and indirectly. A native of Peoria, Illinois, he has an undergraduate degree in political science from Knox College and a masters in history from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where he attended as a Rotary Graduate Fellow. Shaw is author of a 2002 book called "Washington Diplomacy" which includes profiles of more than 60 people involved in international affairs. He also wrote "The Ambassador: Inside the Life of a Working Diplomat" describing the work of Jan Eliasson, Sweden's former ambassador to the U.S. who became president of the U.N. General Assembly. His most recent book, "Richard G. Lugar, Statesman of the Senate" was published in 2012 and explores one of the most influential U.S. senators and the important events he helped shape. Shaw's latest book, " JFK in the Senate - Pathway to the Presidency" was released in 2013. This book looks at the period of 1953 to 1960 when John F. Kennedy served as a Junior senator. John has often provided updates on Congress for the C-SPAN cable TV networks, The PBS News Hour, and KPCC, an NPR affiliate in Los Angeles. John has also been a contributing writer for the Washington Diplomat, a monthly magazine that reports on the diplomatic community of Washington.


William SokolisWilliam Sokolis is one of MNI’s Chicago-based journalists. Bill began his career in the industry as a runner at the CBOT in 1980, eventually becoming a broker's assistant on the grain floor a couple summers later. After graduating from Arizona State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a minor in Accounting, he returned to the Chicago financial market scene. He worked at Susquehanna Investment Group for seven years, the latter half as an equity options market maker. While at Susquehanna, he held a position on the exemption committee. He continued to trade equity options for Refco Securities, Inc. before becoming a sole proprietor of SWAT, LLC in 1999. In late 2004, he joined MNI as a reporter covering U.S. Eurodollar futures and options, as well as Interest Rate Swaps at the Chicago Mercantile exchange. Since then, his coverage has expanded to U.S. Treasury futures and options, U.S. Swaptions, U.S. Dollar LIBOR and short term interbank lending markets, among others.



Darren Walker is part of the FX Bullet Points team in London and provides commentary on the Yen and Aussie spot market. In addition, Darren also contributes emerging market commentary, specialising in Eastern Europe. Prior to joining MNI,  Darren joined MNI in 2011 and previously worked at Betfair running the Premium Brokerage Service desk, looking after their highest network clients and working orders into the system.  Before that Darren worked for MW Marshalls in London as an FXMoney Broker where he was headhunted from Tullet & Tokyo.



John Webb joined MNI in January 2000 and is now Senior FX Analyst in London, contributing to FX and FI Bullet Points as well as the Main Wire. Mr. Webb has been in the markets since 1973, when he joined money broker Harlow, Meyer. Mr. Webb was an FX money broker, working and leading desks in London, New York, Toronto and Johannesburg until 1996, when he joined IFR Thomson on their FX currency analysis team before joining MNI in 2000.



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