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Economics Journalism, Media, and Podcasts

ID: 739747 Vermont, USA

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Expert is a widely-respected economics guru who has won most of broadcast journalism's highest honors. For more than 30 years, Expert has worked as a journalist and media executive at several of the leading news outlets in the US. He was an economics writer at The New York Times Magazine and at The New Yorker Magazine. While at the New Yorker, he wrote The Financial Page column and contributed larger features and web stories. While at New York Times Magazine, he was the "On Money" columnist and a contributing writer. His additional work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, GQ, Rolling Stone, and other publications.

Expert is the co-creator of NPR's Planet Money podcast, a highly celebrated podcast about the economy for people who aren't interested in economics. Prior to starting Planet Money, he served as the International Business and Economics Correspondent at NPR. In addition, he has been a frequent contributor to “This American Life” podcast, including co-reporting an episode that received the Peabody, DuPont-Columbia, and Polk Awards, and was named one of the top works of journalism of the decade by New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Expert is a technical consultant in Hollywood, and has worked on films such as The Big Short, as an advisor. He was also CEO and founder of Three Uncanny Four, a podcast production company that was a joint venture with Sony Music. Additionally, in 2020, he wrote an easy to understand book on the road map of our economic future. He has also worked as a public relations consultant to Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Expert has deep expertise and experience in: editorial processes and decision making, exploitation of journalistic IP for film, TV, and books, and the business and economics of media companies.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1992 Degree: BA Subject: Religion and the Humanities Institution: University of Chicago

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2020 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: CEO Department:
Responsibilities:
Working with leading companies to develop their core strategic story and help them share that story to their audience with impact.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2019 to 2021 Employer: Three Uncanny Four (a Sony Music joint venture) Title: CEO Department:
Responsibilities:
Founded and ran a podcast production company that produced top news- and entertainment-related podcasts.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2016 to 2021 Employer: The New Yorker Magazine Title: Staff Writer Department:
Responsibilities:
Staff Writer reporting on economics and business and Advisor on podcast strategy.
Wrote investigative reporting features, the Financial Pages column, currency column, and other work.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2011 to 2016 Employer: The New York Times Magazine Title: Economics Writer Department:
Responsibilities:
Wrote regular columns and feature articles about business and economics, and advised on podcast strategy.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2015 to 2016 Employer: Gimlet Media Title: Co-host, Surprisingly Awesome Department:
Responsibilities:
Co-hosted a show that delves into topics that seem mundane, annoying and sometimes downright boring - to reveal that they're surprisingly awesome.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2015 to 2016 Employer: The Big Short Title: Technical Consultant Department:
Responsibilities:
Advised the writer and director of this Academy-Award winning movie.
Worked with the actors, creative department heads, publicity department, and others to make sure the finance story was accurate.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2008 to 2013 Employer: NPR Title: Co-founder, Co-host, and Manager of Planet Money Podcast Department:
Responsibilities:
Created, led, and hosted one of the most celebrated and award-winning podcasts.
NPR's Planet Money is a podcast about the economy for people who think they aren't interested in economics.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2004 to 2008 Employer: NPR Title: International Business and Economics Correspondent Department:
Responsibilities:
Reported on business and economic issues covering crises, including the Tsunami in Southeast Asia, Hurricane Katrina, and others.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2002 to 2004 Employer: Marketplace Radio Title: Middle East Correspondent Department:
Responsibilities:
Reported on business news for leading business radio show from Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kuwait, Lebanon, Israel, and Turkey.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2003 to 2004 Country / Region: Iraq Summary: Iraq Bureau Chief for Marketplace Radio, living and working in Baghdad.
Developed close ties to the Iraqi business community and developed general familiarity with Iraqi business climate.
Years: 2002 to 2003 Country / Region: Jordan Summary: Lived in Amman, Jordan, as correspondent for Marketplace Radio.
Years: 2010 to 2011 Country / Region: Haiti Summary: Spent time in Haiti as a reporter, becoming deeply familiar with the country's business and economy.

Career Accomplishments

Awards / Recognition
Peabody Award.
Polk Award.
DuPont-Columbia Award.
Publications and Patents Summary
1 book.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Native
Hebrew Moderate
Arabic Moderate

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