Susan Antilla is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes a monthly column for Bloomberg View. She is the author of Tales From the Boom-Boom Room: The Landmark Legal Battles That Exposed Wall Street’s Shocking Culture of Sexual Harassment (2002), an expose of sexual harassment on Wall Street in the 1990s, focusing especially upon Smith Barney. The New York Observer called the book “a work of compelling Wall Street anthropology.”
She has written about business and finance since 1978, and was author of the Sunday “Wall Street” column at The New York Times. Antilla has headed the Money section of USA Today and the financial bureau of the Baltimore Sun. She began her career as a business writer at Dun’s Business Month, and has written for New York magazine, The Motley Fool, CNN.com, thestreet.com and The Scotsman. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.
Antilla was formerly an adjunct professor in the graduate journalism department of New York University.
Antilla received the 2012 “Excellence in Journalism” award for online commentary from The Society of the Silurians. The Connecticut Press Club selected her for “Best Book of the Year” in 2002, and as a finalist for column writing in 2012. She received the “Excellence in Financial Journalism” award from the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the “Women’s Leadership Award” from Manhattanville College. She has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Gerald Loeb awards for financial journalism, in 1997 and 1998.
In 2013, she was winner in the news agency category in the SABEW "Best In Business" competition (Commentary), for her work at Bloomberg View in 2012. The award page describes her writing as "crisp and eviscerating" and says that she demonstrates "a shrewd understanding of the financial industry and its unsteady interaction with the federal government."
1978 to 1982: Reporter at Dun’s Business Month
1982 to 1985: Stock market reporter, USA Today
1985 to 1986: Financial bureau chief, The Baltimore Sun
1986 to 1992: Money section bureau chief and columnist, USA Today
1992 to 1995: Reporter and columnist, The New York Times
1995 to date: Columnist, Bloomberg News and Bloomberg View
In 1994, she became the focus of controversy when she wrote an article for the New York Times that repeated false rumors suggesting Presstek Inc. CEO Robert Howard was really a convicted felon named Howard Finkelstein. The Times published an apology, and in 2000 Antilla was eventually ordered to pay damages of $480,000 to Howard. The court judgment was reversed in 2002. In 1997, Howard and Presstek were fined $2.9 million by the SEC for distributing false information to investors.
- "Whistle-blower’s Grim Tale: Naughty Boys on Wall Street".
- "Tales from the Boom-Boom Room: Women vs. Wall Street".
- "Business Journalism at NYU: Faculty".
- "2012 Excellence in Journalism awards".
- "Best Book of the Year Award 2003".
- Antilla, Susan (October 27, 1994). "Is Howard Really Finkelstein? Money Rides on It". The New York Times.
- Judgment Against a Former Times Reporter
- http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/29/business/court-nullifies-finding-against-a-reporter.html Court Nullifies Finding Against a Reporter, New York Times, June 29, 2002
- Norris, Floyd (December 23, 1997). "2 at Presstek Pay S.E.C. Penalties of $2.9 Million". The New York Times.
Official website: susanantilla.com