I’ve spent much of my professional life reporting and writing on economics and helping people make the most of their money. I’m currently senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and personal finance programs. I’m also economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio. I write regular columns on economics and public policy for Bloomberg Businessweek and on personal finance for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I’ve written for a number of media outlets, including Kiplinger’s, Next Avenue, Yahoo, Pioneer Press, Frontline, Street.com, and Investment Advisor.
I was economics correspondent for American Public Media’s documentary unit, American Radio Works. Among the documentaries I worked on were After the Projects, Pueblo USA, and Japan’s Pop Power. I was host and executive editor of Right on the Money, a nationally syndicated personal finance series produced for 5 years by Twin Cities Public Television.
I got my undergraduate degree from Stanford University. I spent the following four years as a merchant seaman working in the engine room, going through the Suez and Panama canals, steaming past the Rock of Gibraltar under a full moon at midnight, stopping in ports like Athens, Dubai, Damman, Subic Bay, and Yokosuka. The money I saved at sea financed my graduate degree from the London School of Economics.