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

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

Is a 529 college savings account right for you?

Many parents are opting for 529 savings plans -- college savings accounts that aren’t subject to any tax as long as the money’s used for tuition. Are they right for you?
Posted In: college, higher education, 529 plans

How does the falling price of gold affect you?

Gold prices are down again this morning, after falling by more than 10 percent since Friday. Oil prices are also lower. But how do these drops in commodity prices affect your wallet?
Posted In: gold, commodities

4 tips to avoid an audit this tax season

Tax day is less than two weeks away. As you prepare for this year's returns, Marketplace's Senior Producer of Personal Finance Paddy Hirsch brings you tips to avoid an audit.
Posted In: Taxes, audit

How a firm's goodwill is more like soft snow than a hard asset

Goodwill reads like an afterthought in a company's annual report. But it's often the most important component of a company's operation, as Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains.
Posted In: goodwill, whiteboard

What just happened in Cyprus? An explainer

The moral of the story of the near collapse of Cyprus' banking system is that when a saving rate looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Posted In: cyprus, bailout, Europe debt crisis, whiteboard

The pros and cons of credit unions

Should you bank at a credit union? Marketplace senior producer of personal finance Paddy Hirsch discusses the upsides and the downsides.

Why a currency war could hurt you

A currency war sounds weirdly abstract, like a game played by rival politicians -- but it can have devastating effects in the real world. And it’s not all that different from a rivalry of different kind – a hypothetical sibling rivalry.
Posted In: Global Currency War, currency, whiteboard

Resume guide: 3 tips to make your CV standout

If you are hitting the job market, the one thing you'll need is a good resume. But how do you get yours to the top of the heap?
Posted In: resume, Jobs, employment

6 ways to protect yourself from restaurant tip theft

When you go out to eat at a restaurant and pay by credit card, what should you do with your receipts? Leave them on the table or throw them away?
Posted In: tipping, Personal Finance

How to safe guard yourself against a bond bubble

As investors pour money into stocks, there are fears that the bond market could suffer. How should you adjust your portfolio?
Posted In: bonds, stocks, Investing


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