Paddy Hirsch is a Senior Editor at Marketplace. He is the author of the book Man vs Markets, Economics Explained, Pure and Simple, and he is the creator and host of Marketplace Whiteboard, a video explainer of financial and economic terms.

Hirsch joined Marketplace in 2007, just as the credit crunch that preceded the 2008 financial crisis began to take hold.  As editor of the New York Bureau and the entrepreneurship desk, he spearheaded Marketplace’s financial markets coverage throughout the crisis and as the economy fell into recession. He was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 2010, and he returned to Marketplace in July of 2011, when he was appointed Senior Producer of Marketplace Money. He published his first book, Man vs Markets, in August 2012.

Hirsch got his start in journalism with an internship at the BBC in Glasgow, Scotland. He became a field producer for CNBC in Hong Kong and later was a consultant to the Open Broadcast Network in Bosnia. He has been an editor for Direct Capital Markets, Institutional Investor Newsletters, Standard & Poor’s, and the Vietnam Economic Times. Prior to becoming a journalist, he served as an officer in the Royal Marines.

Hirsch attended Campbell College in Belfast and received a bachelor’s degree in French and International Studies from the University of Warwick. He is a Knight Fellow and was a Webby honoree in 2009.


Features By Paddy Hirsch



Following the money

News today that Manchester United has chosen to list in Singapore. The English Premier League football champions hope to raise around $1 billion....

Eurobonds, and why (many) Germans hate them

Rising debt in several Euro-member countries is forcing Europeans to consider ... issuing more debt! This time, in the form of a Eurobond. So, w...
Posted In: Eurozone

He's a trading machine. Literally.

Last week's volatility came with an unsual twist: lots and lots of volume....
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets

Buffett should keep his checkbook closed

Warren Buffett's declaration in a New York Times editorial that millionaries should pay more tax has attracted plenty of attention. And plenty of...
Posted In: Warren Buffett

Getting a loan gets easier -- or does it?

Banks are making it easier to borrow, but loans are still hard to get. That's the conclusion of a report on bank lending released today by the Fe...
Posted In: Banks, Federal Reserve

SoCal home sales and prices fall again in July

Home sales in Southern California fell to their lowest level for a July in four years, the LA Times reports. The decline from a year earlier was ...

Markets up? Wave goodbye to cheap gas

The price of oil jumped more than two-and-a-half percent today to more than $87 a barrel. The rally in shares on Wall Street, and a report that ...
Posted In: gas, The Breakdown: Markets

30% chance of another recession, economists say

The likelihood of the U.S. slipping back into recession doubled in the past three months, according to a survey of 39 economists by USA TODAY. Th...

Buffett advocates millionaire tax

Joining the ranks of those in favor of raising taxes on the rich today, one of the richest of them all. Warren Buffett. "My friends and I have b...
Posted In: Warren Buffett


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