There's perhaps no greater compliment for a journalist than for competitors to admit learning about their beats from reading that journalist's copy. Such is the case with The New York Times columnist Floyd Norris.
Referred to by some of his colleagues as the "brain trust" of the Times' business section, Mr. Norris spent 10 years overseeing markets coverage for the paper and penning a Sunday column before a one-year stint on the editorial board.
He left the editorial board and returned to his old job in September 1999, writing "Market Place" columns and occasional news stories. He's also writing a Friday column.
Mr. Norris, who came to the Times after six years at Barron's, where he authored the back-of-the-book feature "The Trader," is well-known for his ability to plow through voluminous government documents, regulatory filings and financial reports to uncover hard-hitting stories.
"I'm a big believer in reading documents ... Sources are overrated in journalism," he said upon joining the Times.
Mr. Norris is married to Christine Bockelmann, a former assistant editor with "Business Day." They have a young son.
Mr. Norris began his journalism career as a statehouse and political reporter for United Press International after two years with a New Hampshire paper. He served as press secretary to Sen. John Durkin (D-N.Y.) before embarking on business writing.
In 1998, Mr. Norris received the Elliott V. Bell Award for long-time contributions to financial journalism.
Says Fortune's Joseph Nocera of Mr. Norris' work: "His judgment is great, his reporting spectacular, and he has this knack of creating insight in 600 words--which is no easy task."