Randall Smith is a veteran financial reporter who has written about investing on a freelance basis for the New York Times and other publications. He retired in April 2012 after 30 years with the Wall Street Journal, where he covered the securities business, mergers and money management, and wrote for the “Heard on the Street” column. Before that he worked at the New York Post and the New York Daily News. The son of a New York City publicist, he graduated from Harvard College, served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant (junior grade), lives in Manhattan and has two sons, Will and Jack.

He is the author of “The Prince of Silicon Valley: Frank Quattrone and the Dot-Com Bubble” (St. Martin’s Press, 2010). In 2002, Smith and colleague Susan Pulliam won the George Polk award for stories about an investigation of how brokers at Credit Suisse First Boston, then Mr. Quattrone’s firm, charged trading clients excessive commissions in exchange for receiving valuable shares of hot initial public offerings. In 2003, Smith and a group of colleagues shared a Pulitzer Prize for articles about corporate scandals.