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

Morning Reading

Earnings are likely to move the markets today, and they're swamping the headlines this morning, but there is some more color out there. Reuters ...

Dark pools: An explainer

Dark pools are exchanges where people trade stocks anonymously. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how they work, and why the SEC is considering regulating them.

Capital structure

In stories about the auto companies and the banks, we've been hearing about debt-to-equity swaps and exchanging preferred shares for common stock. To understand how those work, you need to understand a company's capital structure. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.

Pass the torque wrench, Steve

So, Chrysler expects to emerge from bankruptcy protection in July. This according to the company's bankruptcy filing. Nine weeks. Forgive me if I...

Time to jump back in?

Many of the conversations I had over the weekend revolved around the question of whether its a good idea to start buying stocks again. A lot of...

Deja vu, anyone?

Filene's Basement files for bankruptcy....

I'm gonna make him an offer...

A spat's brewing about the government's allegedly aggressive lobbying of those holdout non-TARP lenders to Chrysler. In case you've missed it, the...

Morning reading

Still stressing about those tests....

So, who really calls the shots?

Chrysler's bankruptcy is shaping up to give us all a terrific window on Washington, and who really holds power there....

Mortgage lenders turn turtle

The Senate may have tossed out Obama's cramdown legislation, but too late for Thornburg Mortgage and Accredited Home Lenders....

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