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

The shipping news

Some good news on international trade from Egypt, home of the Suez Canal....

15 percent of Americans are on food stamps

Almost 46 million Americans are on food stamps now. That's up 74 percent since 2007, according to Reuters. Bad news for Americans, and bad news for...

Word on the street

I'm still on the fence on the issue of whether we should spend our way out of the economic doldrums or cut back and save, to prevent even more...

What's up with oil?

Libyan rebels are in Tripoli, spurring hopes that Libya will start pumping oil again soon. But oil prices are up today. What's up with that? Man...
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets

Where the good jobs are ...

Many American companies don't what you to know how many jobs they create (or destroy) here, compared to how many they create abroad. The Washing...
Posted In: Jobs

The gold-to-decent-suit ratio

A "long-held rule in the marketplace" is that an ounce of gold, historically, has been able to buy a decent suit....
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets

What's up with gold?

Fear and greed, that's what. The shiny stuff broke $1880 an ounce today, another record. That's making my Dad happy. He's been long gold a l...
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets

Step away from the cookie jar!

Things are getting so tough for European banks that they're cutting back on the most minor expenses - including snack-time cookies in the office!...

Here's an original idea: lay everyone off

Bank of America is restructuring. Cutting jobs, in other words. 3,500 this quarter, and many more to come - possibly as many as 10,000 by the end...

European banks: new funding fears (FT)

The Financial Times reports that the European Central Bank has lent dollars to a eurozone bank for the first time since February in the latest sign...
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets

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