Paddy Hirsch is a Contributing Editor at Marketplace. He is 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

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

Is Japan on the road to recovery?

Lost decade. Zombie banks. Nuclear disaster. Headlines like that don't make Japan the obvious choice for the poster child for economic recovery. ...

Why ban short selling?

Italy, France, Spain and Belgium banned short selling today. They want to calm the markets down, and they figure "the shorts," as they're called,...
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets

Kai Ryssdal, live in five... four... three...

Kai writes... Let me just tell you right out -- I am biased. But I think there's really no better place in Southern California to talk about the...

Waiter, waiter! There's a recession in my salad!

New York grocer Zabar's busted subbing crawfish in so-called lobster salad. What's next, tilapia in the lox?


The stock market's fastest electronic firms boosted trading threefold during the rout of August 1-10, Bloomberg reports. Gary Wedbush, executive...
Posted In: high-frequency trading, The Breakdown: Markets

Putting the market in its place

John Hailer, president of Natixis Asset Management, tells Marketplace's Heidi Moore he doesn't think the stock market is an indicator of the U.S....
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets


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