About Neil Irwin

Neil IrwinNeil Irwin is the author of The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire, a book about the efforts of the world’s central banks to combat the financial crisis and its aftermath, published by the Penguin Press (also sold outside North America as The Alchemists: Inside the Secret World of the Central Bankers, from Headline)

He writes for The Upshot, the Times’s site for analytical reporting on politics, economics, and everyday life, where he applies economic logic to help explain and understand the world around us. He has written for the Times on topics as varied as the global economy and financial markets, trends insports fandom, and the rise and fall of food fads.

Previously, Irwin was a columnist at the Washington Post and economics editor of Wonkblog, the Post’s site for analytical journalism. From 2007 to 2012 he was the Post’s beat reporter covering the Federal Reserve and the economy. He has often appeared on television analyzing economic topics, including on the PBS Newshour, CNBC, and MSNBC.

“The Alchemists,”  now available in paperback, was a New York Times Bestseller and was short-listed for the Goldman Sachs-Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award. It appeared on best-books-of-the-year lists from media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and NPR.

Irwin was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economic and Business Journalism at Columbia University, from which he has an M.B.A. His undergraduate studies were at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he served on the Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2013.

For speaking engagements, Irwin is represented by the BrightSight Group.

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