Q&A: Mark Maremont, Wall Street Journal

by January 21, 2010

Mark Maremont senior editor the Wall Street Journal

MARK MAREMONT
Senior editor for the Wall Street Journal. His team won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its stories on the back-dating of options for executives.

Age: 51

Home: Needham, Mass.
What I do: Investigative reporting at the Wall Street Journal.
Hours worked per week: 35-70

Why I do what I do: I like to make a difference.

 

Favorite story I reported: Backdating stock options.

Biggest accomplishment: Pulitzer Prize.

Biggest mistake: Not becoming a lawyer.

Best advice for investigative business journalists: It’s all about the story idea.

What reporter’s work do you follow religiously and why: Dan Golden at Bloomberg, smartest reporter ever.

Who was your mentor: Gary Putka, former WSJ Boston bureau chief.

Last book read: ‘Lonesome Dove,’ by Larry McMurtry.

What I do for fun: Photography, bicycling.

Quote: “A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, l but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.” — Mark Twain