Duncan Bridgeman, Head of Premium Business Content at New Zealand’s Herald, loves helping business owners, consumers and investors make good decisions.
I’m Duncan Bridgeman, Head of Premium Business Content at the Herald. I joined NZME in 2018 after nearly 17 years at The National Business Review where I was editor of both print and online publications. I grew up in rural North Canterbury and gained an Agricultural Commerce Degree from Lincoln University. However, I made a career move into journalism after spending a couple of years overseas where I did a variety of work, including for a high-profile publishing company in London. After completing a Post-Grad Diploma in Journalism in 2000, I started out with some work experience on the finance desk at the New Zealand Press Association in Wellington and then a short stint at The Wairarapa Times Age. My first full journalism job came in 2001 at the now defunct New Zealand Business Times. A year later I moved to the NBR and learned the art of company reporting, sharemarket analysis and investigative business journalism. My journalism career probably developed most when I covered the demise of Feltex Carpets in 2006 but what I remember most is the heat of the battle during the finance company meltdown that preceded the global financial crisis. The global financial crisis itself was huge, although it seems much less significant than today’s Covid story. I love having a front row seat at the making of history, breaking stories and helping business owners, consumers and investors make good decisions.
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