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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.

 

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Features by Paddy Hirsch

QE3 ahoy!

Today's gloomy jobs report makes another round of quantitative easing a lot more likely.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, QE3

VIDEO: The ECB's bond-buying program explained with bonbons

The European Central Bank is set to go on a bond-buying spree in an effort to save the euro and stem the debt crisis. But how does it work? It helps to think about candy.
Posted In: ECB, European Central Bank, bonds

Europe's big bond bet and what it means for the U.S.

Europe will likely announce a big bond-buying program tomorrow. The U.S. Fed will be watching.
Posted In: Fed, QE3, Federal Reserve, Europe debt crisis

Tips on homeowners insurance in severe weather country

If you live in a state that suffers from severe weather, finding good homeowners insurance is getting more difficult as weather patterns grow more extreme. So what do you do if the insurance company drops you?
Posted In: Money Matters, homeowner, insurance, natural disasters, hurricane

Whiteboard book give-away: And the winner is....

Marketplace fans sent in nearly 100 ideas for future topics for the Whiteboard explainer video series, earning one lucky viewer a signed copy of Paddy Hirsch's new book, Man vs. Markets
Posted In: Man vs. Markets

The AT&T store, explained

Why is AT&T opening its first flagship store?
Posted In: at&t

Consumer confidence vs. consumer sentiment

Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains the difference between consumer confidence and consumer sentiment.
Posted In: consumer confidence, surveys, economic indicators, Money Matters

Got a topic for our next Whiteboard video? Submit your ideas!

Help us break down complex financial topics into easy-to-understand analogies. Post a comment suggesting the topic of our next Whiteboard video and you could win a signed copy of Paddy Hirsch's new book "Man vs. Markets"
Posted In: whiteboard

Man vs. Markets: Simplifying the language of Wall Street

Marketplace's senior producer of personal finance breaks down economics plainly and simply in his new book, "Man vs. Markets."
Posted In: Wall Street, credit default swaps, whiteboard

Explaining what blind trust is with sausages

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says he put his investments in a blind trust to avoid any conflict of interest. So what exactly is a blind trust? Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains with a sausage factory analogy.
Posted In: Investing, blind trust, Mitt Romney

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