The following interview with Alexander Kaufman appeared in the the latest edition of the MEDIA CONNECT newsletter. To view our fall newsletter or to subscribe for future editions, click here.
Alexander C. Kaufman is an associate editor on The Huffington Post’s business desk. Previously, he worked as a staff reporter at the International Business Times, The Wrap and The Boston Globe.
MC: What book are you reading right now?
Alexander C. Kaufman: I’m reading THE POWERHOUSE by Steve LeVine, a journalist at Quartz. I’m also reading Haruki Murakami’s NORWEGIAN WOOD. I just finished THE WILD SHEEP CHASE by Murakami, so I’m really into him right now.
MC: When you’re not at the office, what do you like to do?
AK: I like to read, go for hikes, practice meditation, drink beer in pubs with my friends, cook, take pictures, and eat exotic foods.
MC: What’s your biggest pet peeve when working with publicists?
AK: Getting phone calls asking if I’ve seen the press release they just sent. Also, getting pitches for things that don’t apply to what I write about. If you’re going to pitch to me, do me the courtesy of reading at least the headlines of the last few things I have written.
MC: What is one of the best success stories you’ve experienced working with a publicist?
AK: Right around the time I started writing frequently about Tesla Motors, a publicist connected me with an analyst who remains today a frequent a reliable source for me.
MC: What’s your favorite part about working at your job?
AK: I love to write and read and I do that all day long.