Phil Revzin

Phil Revzin - Editor Tick

Chicago, IL, USA

News guy at heart, believe in grammar and telling stories. World-view shaped by life abroad and 60 years as a Chicago Cubs fan.

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Overview

Veteran reporter, editor at WSJ, Bloomberg and St. Martin’s Press, now ghostwriting and editing non-fiction books, articles, speeches. I love taking ideas and anecdotes and shaping them into compelling narratives. I've done it as a reporter, foreign correspondent and editor at the WSJ, editor at Bloomberg, editor at St. Martin's Press and now as a freelance. I've interviewed leaders ranging from Margaret Thatcher to Mikhail Gorbachev to Madeleine Albright, dodged bullets in Romania, and profiled the Aga Khan and Doctors Without Borders in Somalia before anyone had heard of them. I've also had the pleasure of working with authors including Mary Tyler Moore, John Kotter of Harvard Business School, and management guru John Hoover. I enjoy taking your thoughts and turning them into words that move people.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Politics & Current Affairs
Self-help & Self-improvement
Sports & outdoor recreation
Technology

Awards

  • Three Overseas Press Club awards or citations

Work experience

Freelancer

Self-employed
September, 2015 – Present (over 3 years)

Freelance Editor and Writer Sept. 2015-Present

Author, Just One Before I Die: A Cubs Fan’s Chronicle of a Championship Season (Significance Press, Dec. 2016)

EDUCATION

Stanford University
BA, English, 1973
Columbia University
MA, English & Comparative Literature, 1974

Editor at Large

Bloomberg News
February, 2011 – September, 2015 (over 4 years)

Editor at Large. Responsible for developing and editing wide range of enterprise reporting for Bloomberg terminal, Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets, websites, radio and television.

Senior Editor

St. Martin's Press
May, 2005 – February, 2011 (almost 6 years)

Senior Editor. Developed profitable list including bestsellers Our Iceberg Is Melting; Growing Up Again, The Soprano State, The Jersey Sting, The King of Oil

Reporter, Bureau Chief, Editor, Publisher, Vice President

Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal
May, 1974 – February, 2005 (almost 31 years)

Wall Street Journal
Vice President, International and Business Development, New York -- September 2002 to February 2005
Responsible for Asian Wall Street Journal Far Eastern Economic Review, China, India, and U.S. conferences. Revenues of +$60 million.
Started and ran business side of successful “D;All Things Digital” conference beginning in 2003. Produced profit of +$1 million on three-day event featuring speakers such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Carly Fiorina. • Negotiated and established joint venture with India’s biggest publisher to launch The Wall Street Journal India. Led year-long negotiations and six-month government approval process on behalf of Dow Jones to publish fully-adapted WSJ in world’s largest English-speaking country.
• Launched profitable fee and advertising supported Mandarin-language sections of Wall Street Journal content in Money Journal, Caixing, and other Chinese publications, while seeking government approval for eventual publication of WSJ in China.

Vice President International, Editor and Publisher, Far Eastern Economic Review
Publisher, Asian Wall Street Journal, Hong Kong – January 2000 to September 2002
Responsible for news and business operations of Asian Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Chinese operations.
• Redesigned “Review” to broaden reader and advertiser appeal. Increased fully-paid circulation by 10% and advertising revenue by 40% in first year.
• Reorganized news and business operations of 200+person staff resulting in more than $5 million in cost savings while measurably improving news and feature coverage.
• Far Eastern Economic Review and The Asian Wall Street Journal cited as “Best Publications in Asia” by Society of Publishers in Asia (2001).
• Participated in successful renegotiations by CNBC Asia of partnerships in India, Japan, and South Korea, turning losses to profits in each case.

Vice President, International, Dow Jones & Co., New York -- June 1998 to January 2000
Responsible for operations of all Wall Street Journal international newspapers and partnerships in Europe, Latin America, Asia. Oversaw more than 300 employees world-wide. Budget of +$200 million.
• Negotiated partnership agreement with Handelsblatt Group of Germany that exchanged 49% of Wall Street Journal Europe for 22% of Handelsblatt, Germany’s leading business newspaper.
• Expanded circulations by more than 5%.
• Oversaw international operations of Dow Jones News retrieval, later merged into Factiva.
Editor and Publisher, The Wall Street Journal Europe, Brussels -- June 1994 to June 1998
Responsible for news and business operations of WSJE with more than 100 employees and revenue of $40 million.
Achieved profitability for first time since founding in 1983; improved news coverage, expanded profitable circulation, increased advertising revenue, and controlled printing and distribution expenses.
• Started (1996) “Convergence,” a profitable four-color magazine insert, and a related annual conference on convergence of telephony, computing, and media.
Editor, The Wall Street Journal Europe, Brussels -- November 1991 to June 1994
Responsible for news operations of Wall Street Journal Europe with team of 60 and budget of $15 million.
Expanded European coverage by creating a “beat” system of full-time staffers and part-time correspondents.
• Started (1990) “The Central European Economic Review,” a profitable four-color magazine insert in WSJE covering Eastern Europe.
Paris Bureau Chief, Paris -- January 1986 to November 1991
Won two OPC awards for coverage of Islamic fundamentalism and European integration.
London Bureau Chief, London -- May 1983 to January 1986
• Specialized in British politics and European macroeconomics while leading news team of 15.
Deputy Bureau Chief, New York -- September 1980 to May1983
• Led 12-reporter team focusing on media, medicine, food, and technology.
Reporter, London Bureau, London -- May 1977 to September 1980
• Specialized in European economies. Winner of Overseas Press Club citation in 1978 for coverage of aftermath of Seveso dioxin spill.
Reporter, Cleveland Bureau -- May 1974 to May 1977

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Just One Before I Die: A Cubs Fan’s Chronicle of a Championship Season

Philip Revzin

In a year of surprises, the second biggest was the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since Theodore Roosevelt was president. Philip Revzin's Just One Before I Die evokes this magical baseball moment, and the years of longing that came before it, with humor, joy and an observant eye. This new volume will bring more than a touch of warmth to the cold winter ahead.

In a year of surprises, the second biggest was the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since Theodore Roosevelt was president. Philip Revzin's Just One Before I Die evokes this magical baseball moment, and the years of longing that came before it, with humor, joy and an observant eye. This new volume will bring more than a touch of warmth to the cold winter ahead.

Battling the Oceans in a Rowboat: Crossing the Atlantic and North Pacific on Oars and Grit

Mick Dawson

The heart-pounding story of rowing expert Mick Dawson's most challenging feats on the open water, culminating in his greatest achievement: crossing the North Pacific Ocean in a small rowboat.Storms, fatigue, equipment failure, intense hunger, and lack of water are just a few of the challenges that ocean rower MICK DAWSON, endured whilst attempting to complete one of the World's "Last Great Fir... read more

The heart-pounding story of rowing expert Mick Dawson's most challenging feats on the open water, culminating in his greatest achievement: crossing the North Pacific Ocean in a small rowboat.Storms, fatigue, equipment failure, intense hunger, and lack of water are just a few of the challenges that ocean rower MICK DAWSON, endured whilst attempting to complete one of the World's "Last Great Fir... read more

Government is Killing the Economy: The Economic Impact of Regulation and Government Mismanagement on the U.S. Economy – Common Sense Thoughts on Finding A Cure

Walter Raquet

The U.S. is the greatest country, the world’s largest economy. However, our true potential as a country is stunted by costly regulations, compromised politicians and blatant government waste. Given all the progress in productivity we’ve made with new technology and global communications, American business should be soaring. It’s not. Our government is holding us back. But we can fix it!My solu... read more

The U.S. is the greatest country, the world’s largest economy. However, our true potential as a country is stunted by costly regulations, compromised politicians and blatant government waste. Given all the progress in productivity we’ve made with new technology and global communications, American business should be soaring. It’s not. Our government is holding us back. But we can fix it!My solu... read more

The Jersey Sting: A True Story of Crooked Pols, Money-Laundering Rabbis, Black Market Kidneys, and the Informant Who Brought It All Down

Ted Sherman, Josh Margolin

In the summer of 2009 the blog Gawker stated “Everybody in New Jersey Was Arrested Yesterday.” Now for the first time, the real story behind the biggest corruption bust in New Jersey’s notoriously corrupt history Among the forty-four people arrested in July 2009 were three mayors, five Orthodox rabbis, two state legislators, and the flamboyant deputy mayor of Jersey City, Leona Beldini, once a... read more

In the summer of 2009 the blog Gawker stated “Everybody in New Jersey Was Arrested Yesterday.” Now for the first time, the real story behind the biggest corruption bust in New Jersey’s notoriously corrupt history Among the forty-four people arrested in July 2009 were three mayors, five Orthodox rabbis, two state legislators, and the flamboyant deputy mayor of Jersey City, Leona Beldini, once a... read more

Bullwinkle on Business: Motivational Secrets of a Chief Executive Moose

John Hoover

Sooner or later it was bound to happen. The world of business has now grown hungry for a fresh, new voice to speak out for organizational excellence in the free enterprise system.But where is a great leader who possesses the stature, the stamina, and the swagger to be called the consummate CEO? Who can grasp the helm of business in a shifting global economy and steady the ship? Who can capture... read more

Sooner or later it was bound to happen. The world of business has now grown hungry for a fresh, new voice to speak out for organizational excellence in the free enterprise system.But where is a great leader who possesses the stature, the stamina, and the swagger to be called the consummate CEO? Who can grasp the helm of business in a shifting global economy and steady the ship? Who can capture... read more

The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich

Daniel Ammann

Billionaire oil trader Marc Rich for the first time talks at length about his private life (including his expensive divorce from wife Denise); his invention of the spot oil market which made his fortune and changed the world economy; his lucrative and unpublicized dealings with Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran, Fidel Castro's Cuba, war-ravaged Angola, and apartheid South Africa; his quiet cooperation... read more

Billionaire oil trader Marc Rich for the first time talks at length about his private life (including his expensive divorce from wife Denise); his invention of the spot oil market which made his fortune and changed the world economy; his lucrative and unpublicized dealings with Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran, Fidel Castro's Cuba, war-ravaged Angola, and apartheid South Africa; his quiet cooperation... read more

The Prince of Silicon Valley: Frank Quattrone and the Dot-Com Bubble

Randall Smith

RISE, FALL AND RETURNThe Prince of Silicon Valley traces the rise of the foremost investment banker of the Internet stock-market bubble, from the back streets of South Philadelphia to the peak of finance as the highest paid banker on Wall Street. From Cisco to Netscape to Amazon, Frank Quattrone took some of the biggest names in technology public. During the bubble years of 1999 and 2000, his ... read more

RISE, FALL AND RETURNThe Prince of Silicon Valley traces the rise of the foremost investment banker of the Internet stock-market bubble, from the back streets of South Philadelphia to the peak of finance as the highest paid banker on Wall Street. From Cisco to Netscape to Amazon, Frank Quattrone took some of the biggest names in technology public. During the bubble years of 1999 and 2000, his ... read more

The Fall of the House of Forbes: The Inside Story of the Collapse of a Media Empire

Stewart Pinkerton

Forbes: the legendary name in finance journalism. Synonymous with wealth, grand excess, glamour, and fun as well as style, insight, gossip, and hard-nosed reporting, the media empire and the family behind it form a remarkable story that has never been told. Now, in The Fall of the House of Forbes, veteran journalist Stewart Pinkerton reveals the hidden machinations, disastrous decisions, and p... read more

Forbes: the legendary name in finance journalism. Synonymous with wealth, grand excess, glamour, and fun as well as style, insight, gossip, and hard-nosed reporting, the media empire and the family behind it form a remarkable story that has never been told. Now, in The Fall of the House of Forbes, veteran journalist Stewart Pinkerton reveals the hidden machinations, disastrous decisions, and p... read more

Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes

Mary Tyler Moore

With generosity of spirit, ebullience, and sly humor, Mary Tyler Moore presents the intensely private, often funny, and sometimes startling story of her life with diabetes. Growing Up Again is a delightfully candid read for her legion of fans, the more than 20 million Americans with diabetes, and everyone struggling to cope with life’s unexpected challenges.Mary Tyler Moore, actress and activi... read more

With generosity of spirit, ebullience, and sly humor, Mary Tyler Moore presents the intensely private, often funny, and sometimes startling story of her life with diabetes. Growing Up Again is a delightfully candid read for her legion of fans, the more than 20 million Americans with diabetes, and everyone struggling to cope with life’s unexpected challenges.Mary Tyler Moore, actress and activi... read more

The Soprano State: New Jersey's Culture of Corruption

Bob Ingle, Sandy McClure

The New York Times BestsellerUpdated with the Latest ScandalsIt's not a jokeNew Jersey leads the country in corruptionThe Soprano State details the you-couldn't-make-this-up true story of the corruption that has pervaded New Jersey politics, government, and business for the past thirty years. From Jimmy Hoffa purportedly being buried somewhere beneath the end zone in Giants Stadium, through al... read more

The New York Times BestsellerUpdated with the Latest ScandalsIt's not a jokeNew Jersey leads the country in corruptionThe Soprano State details the you-couldn't-make-this-up true story of the corruption that has pervaded New Jersey politics, government, and business for the past thirty years. From Jimmy Hoffa purportedly being buried somewhere beneath the end zone in Giants Stadium, through al... read more

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