Norman Pearlstine joined Bloomberg L.P. in June 2008 as chief content officer, a newly created position. In this role, Pearlstine is charged with seeking growth opportunities for Bloomberg's television, radio, magazine and online products and to make the most of the company's news operations.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Pearlstine was a senior advisor to The Carlyle Group's telecommunications and media group in New York. Before joining the private equity firm, he had spent nearly four decades working as a reporter and editor. He was editor-in-chief of Time Inc., the magazine subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., from 1995 through 2005 before becoming a senior advisor to Time Warner. Prior to joining Time Inc., Pearlstine worked for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine and launched Smart Money magazine. Pearlstine also was general partner of Friday Holdings L.P., a multimedia investment company.
In January 2005, the American Society of Magazine Editors named him the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted him into the Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame. He was honored with the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in 2000. He received the National Press Foundation's Editor of the Year Award in 1989.
Pearlstine is president and CEO of The American Academy in Berlin. He also serves on the boards of the Carnegie Corporation, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Tribeca Film Institute and the Watson Institute for International Relations. He serves on the advisory board of the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He received his B.A. from Haverford College, his L.L.B. from the University of Pennsylvania, and he did postgraduate work at the law school of Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
Pearlstine is the author of OFF THE RECORD: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources.