Media: Bob O’Brien


Bob O’Brien is a senior writer at The Deal, covering private equity. He writes both breaking news stories and feature articles for the website.

Previously, O’Brien spent 18 years at The Wall Street Journal, including covering the daily performance in the equities market. He was featured as an on-air reporter on CNBC television, as part of the WSJ’s licensing agreement with NBC Universal. He wrote feature stories for Barron’s magazine as well as an investment blog for Barron’s online.

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Media: Wayne Jett

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Wayne Jett is managing principal and chief economist of Classical Capital LLC, a Pasadena CA registered investment advisor engaged in economic analysis and asset management services. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Los Angeles, and speaks to CFA chapters nationally on the subject of monetary policy reform.  In private law practice 1970-1999, he argued cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, the U. S. Court of Appeals, and the federal and state trial and appellate courts. He has led seminars in supply-side economics for CFALA and for Security Analysts of San Francisco, and speaks and writes on constitutional and economic topics. He is also the author of The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now.  In 2006, Jett was one of the organizers of the Naked Short, and Greedy event for CFA-LA. 


Book: Naked Short, and Greedy – Wall Street’s Failure to Deliver by Susanne Trimbath

Media: Judd Bagley


Judd Bagley is the Vice President of Marketing at Everise. Prior to his position at Everise, Judd worked as Senior Director of Communications at Netki, Evernym, and also served as the former Director of Communications at Prior to that, as Director of Public Relations for Summit Group Communications, one of the largest PR firms in the state of Utah. Bagley studied biology at the University of Utah.





Media: Jim Cramer


James J. Cramer is an American television personality, and host of Mad Money on CNBC. He is a former hedge fund manager,  author, and a co-founder of In 1984, Cramer became a stockbroker at Goldman Sachs, where he worked on sales and trading. In 1987, Cramer left Goldman Sachs and started a hedge fund, Cramer & Co. (later Cramer, Berkowitz & Co.). From 2002 to 2005, Cramer co-hosted Kudlow & Cramer (first called America Now) with Larry Kudlow. Cramer received a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. 


Web: Jim Cramer Called Onto The Carpet By Jon Stewart

Video: Cramer on Market Manipulation

Article: Jim Cramer fires entire staff after soundboard calls him a stock pumper

Media: Helen Avery


Helen Avery is a journalist for Euromoney Magazine heading up global coverage of social and environmental finance. She is the managing editor of their sustainable finance podcast series. Avery also runs Euromoney’s coverage of global wealth management and philanthropy (since 2004). Throughout the years, Avery has written several articles and exposed how naked shorts and “fails to deliver” in the US equity market have been exacerbated and the sharp declines in share prices of financials. 




Media: Larry Smith


Larry Smith spent the first 25 years of his career working on Wall Street as an analyst with a primary focus on biotechnology and pharmaceutical stocks, as well as many other industries. He spent the majority of this time with Smith Barney and Hambrecht & Quist and was Executive Vice President, Director of Equities and Fixed Income Research, Chairman of the Investment Policy Committee, a member of the Board of Directors, on the Operating Committee and on the Commitment Committee. At Hambrecht & Quist, he was a Managing Director, Manager of Life Sciences Research, on the Operating Committee, on the Commitment Committee and was also Chairman of Annual H&Q Life Sciences Conference for six years.  In 2003, Smith founded DLS Research, LLC, a subscription research firm. Smith received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Media: Gary Weiss


Gary Weiss is an American investigative journalist, columnist and author of two books that critically examine the ethics and morality of Wall Street. He was also a contributing editor for Condé Nast Portfolio. His Businessweek articles exposed organized crime on Wall Street and the Salomon Brothers bond trading scandal in the 1990s, and more recently he has covered the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath. Weiss received degrees from the City College of New York and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


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Media: Lucy Komisar


Lucy Komisar is a New York City-based investigative journalist. She writes about offshore banking, corporate secrecy, international money laundering, and how they relate to corporate fraud; international corruption; the looting by dictators; financing of terrorism; international crime including arms, drug and people trafficking; and tax evasion.She has published several important books as well as reports, and many award-winning articles that set a gold standard for reporting with intelligence and integrity on  white collar financial crime.

Personal Blog “The Komisar Scoop”

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Media: Mark Faulk


Mark Faulk is an Oklahoma City filmmaker and Occupy OKC activist. He is the founder and contributing editor of the, an advocacy site for political reform. After he exposed the fact that American companies were being listed and sold on the Berlin Stock Exchange without their knowledge or permission, more than 200 of them petitioned the German government to be removed from that Exchange. Faulk published a book i 2008 titled, The Naked Truth: Investing in the Stock Play of the Lifetime.

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Media: David Dayen


David Dayen is the executive editor of The American Prospect. He also writes regularly for The Intercept and The Nation.  He is the author of Monopolized: Life in an Age of Corporate Power and Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud. Dayen lives in Venice, California.



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Journalist: Dan McCrum

Dan McCrum is Capital Markets editors at the Financial Times. Dan joined the FT blog Alphaville in September 2013, after working as the Financial Times’s Investment Correspondent in New York where he wrote about hedge funds, asset management and markets. Before that Dan worked briefly at the Investors Chronicle. He also worked four years in Citigroup’s equity research department. Dan is a graduate of Durham University (2001). 

Media: Tim Connally


Tim Connolly is the CEO of Corporate Strategies, LLC  and  thrives on solving difficult business problems others find impossible to fix.  For over 30 years under his leadership, Corporate Strategies has created successful financial outcomes out of business crisis, litigation resolution and growth opportunities for a broad portfolio of businesses.

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Media: C. Austin (Bud) Burrell


C. Austin (Bud) Burrell is a corporate finance generalist with over 30 years of Wall Street and related experience. He was a senior derivatives specialist and development stage company investment banker for more than 35 years on Wall Street.He is a 1968 Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and a graduate of the Army’s Finance Officer Advanced Course.


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Media: Charles Gasparino


Charles Gasparino is an American journalist, blogger, occasional radio host, and author. He frequently serves as a guest panelist on the Fox Business Network program segment The Cost Of Freedom and the stocks/business news program Cashin’ In.

Gasparino was born to an Italian-American family in the Bronx, Gasparino graduated with a B.A. from Pace University before earning his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.

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