Commodities Corner: How this MarketWatch reporter ended up covering commodities for the last 20 years

Recently, I celebrated 20 years with MarketWatch—a long ride, to say the least—in a fast-paced and volatile commodities market that has seen gold prices jump by more than $1,000 an ounce and oil roughly quadruple in price since my first day at work.

The company was known as CBS MarketWatch at the time, and part of Data Broadcasting Corp. It was based in San Mateo, Calif.—and I was hired as a newswire operator to help distribute financial news and commodity reports to customers for a third-party client.

Read more on the history of MarketWatch from founder Larry Kramer

As part of my duties, I was required to arrive in the office promptly at 5 a.m.

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