Diane Swonk is chief economist at Mesirow Financial, and an advisor to the Federal Reserve Board and its regional banks. She grew up in the Detroit area, and pre-economist jobs included: maid, fast food cashier, and hostess/waitress for a Mr Steak. She is an avid runner, and mother of two teenagers. Her first book was titled "The Passionate Economist." In her words:

I am dyslexic, which means that I don't know my left from my right. I also don't think linear, my brain works more in reaction functions. It makes me strategic and perfectly suited to be an economist, which requires multi-dimensional thought. I am at good at seeing where we are going, and thinking outside of the box, but very bad at giving driving directions.

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Features by Diane Swonk

The economic story of the year: Politics

We speak to Diane Swonk about weekly jobless numbers, the payroll tax debate in Washington, and why politics effects economics more than ever.
Posted In: politics, payroll tax, weekly jobless

European leaders must still make drastic changes

The global stock market rally that sent the Dow up almost 500 points yesterday may be over, but France and Spain are offering some hope this morning that yesterday's coordinated action by central banks to ease credit is working.
Posted In: European Central Bank, Europe debt crisis

Will the super committee reach a deal?

Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, explains why the super committee might not reach a deal by its deadline.
Posted In: super committee, The Federal Reserve

Diane Swonk: What bank earnings mean for the economy at large

Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, explains what kind of information we really need to look for from big banks when they report their earnings.
Posted In: Banks

Diane Swonk: The longer workers are out, the harder it is to find jobs

Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, tells us why new unemployment claims sunk last week, and what if it means more good news on the horizon.
Posted In: Jobs

Diane Swonk: Lawmakers nearing the end of debt debates

Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, just returned from Washington D.C. where she was meeting with the power players in the debt debate. She says the lawmakers are nearing a preliminary, 'real deal' agreement.

Diane Swonk: Senate banking panel hearing on Dodd-Frank

The Senate's banking commission is asking regulators today how the implementation of the new Dodd-Frank financial reform law is going. Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, explains what's at stake in these hearings.

Diane Swonk: Ben Bernanke addresses the press

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks with reporters today at the National Press Club, as part of the Fed's effort to improve communication with the public.

Diane Swonk: The FCIC report

Jeremy Hobson speaks to Diane Swonk, Chief Economist at Mesirow Financial about the FCIC report released today outlining the financial crisis of 2008.

Diane Swonk: The Chinese delegation's Chicago visit

Jeremy Hobson speaks with Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial in Chicago about the Chinese relationship to the Windy City, and Chicago's expectations from the delegate's visit.
Posted In: China

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