Bloomberg isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. After just a year and a half, Jeff Young has left Bloomberg for HuffPost Biz to cover healthcare. Despite working for the New York-based section, he is based in the Washington bureau.
Before Bloomberg, Young worked at The Hill for five years. He was among a small crew of reporters from The Hill who trooped over to Bloomberg within months of one another. He left Bloomberg in September and began reporting for HuffPost two weeks ago. In a note to FishbowlDC, he explains what happened. Most of all, he says, going to HuffPost just “felt right.”
“I’m covering health care for the New York-based Business team but I’m working out of our D.C. bureau near the White House,” he wrote by email. “I just couldn’t leave Washington — I had like $20 left on my SmarTrip card that would’ve gone to waste. I’m super-excited to be part of a growing, forward-thinking digital news organization and working alongside so many smart people.
“I actually left Bloomberg News last September after about a year and a half on staff. It goes without saying that they’re doing a lot of excellent work there (and everyone should buy a BGOV subscription!) and I learned a lot from my editors and fellow health reporters but I ultimately realized that writing for a financial news service wasn’t for me. I took some time to think over what I really wanted to do and when the HuffPost opportunity came up, it just felt right. Plus, I can be a lot looser on my Twitter account now. This is more important to me than I’d like to admit.” He added in his note yesterday, “P.S. Today is my birthday.”
Young, who do you think we are, Playbook? You think we’re going to give you a “Birthweek” or something? Congratulations on your new job, and fine, Happy Birthday!