Thor Valdmanis, a senior Wall Street reporter for USA Today, is a seven-year veteran of the Gannett daily that is now considered a major media vehicle after being derided for
years as "McPaper". Valdmanis covers investment banking, corporate finance and financial trends for USA Today, which has the largest daily newspaper circulation in the country
(2.1 million). He writes both spot and trend pieces, and his stories frequently run on the cover of the Money section. But Valdmanis' stock in trade goes well beyond Wall Street.
After the September 11 attacks, he was sent to the Middle East where he covered the war in Afghanistan as well as stories originating in Lebanon. He also filed stories from
Somalia, alleged to be a haven for Al Queda operatives.