Matthew Garrahan is the Financial Times’s global media editor, overseeing coverage of the media, marketing and entertainment industries. He is based in New York.
He has a track record breaking news – his recent scoop on Apple’s $3bn purchase of Dr Dre’s Beats was widely followed around the world – and also specialises in long-form pieces, features and interviews.
Garrahan was previously the FT’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering Hollywood, digital media and the California economy. He has written extensively on the convergence of media and the web and has also covered the growth of companies such as Netflix and YouTube.
He joined the FT in 1998, first working for FT.com, then as a sports business correspondent for the newspaper, reporting from the World Cup and Olympics, before taking on the leisure industries beat, reporting on gaming, hotels, restaurants and travel.
He won the Los Angeles Press Club prize for best news story in 2008 for a scoop on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and reached the finals of the 2010 Mirror Awards for excellence in media reporting for a piece on MySpace. In 2011, he won a Los Angeles Press Club prize for another feature on MGM, “Who killed James Bond?” and picked up another in 2013 for an investigation into the fall-out from Disney’s $4bn purchase of Marvel.
He is a graduate of University of Warwick, where he studied English and American literature. Find him on Twitter at @MattGarrahan.