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Gretchen Morgenson

New York, USA

NY Times Finance Editor (1998-present)

Winner of Pulitzer Prize (2002)

Co-author, Reckless Endangerment (2011)

Gretchen Morgenson is assistant business and financial editor and a columnist at the New York Times. She has covered the world financial markets for the Times since 1998 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for her “trenchant and incisive” coverage of Wall Street.

She began her career at Vogue magazine as an editorial assistant in 1976. By the time she left the magazine in 1981, she was a writer and financial columnist. From 1981 to 1984, Gretchen was a stockbroker for Dean Witter Reynolds in New York . She then became a staff writer at Money magazine from 1984 to 1986.

From 1986 to 1993, Gretchen was an investigative business writer and editor at Forbes magazine. She broke the story of anti-investor practices on the Nasdaq stock market that was followed by Justice Department and SEC investigations. Earlier, she oversaw several Forbes investing sections and their Washington bureau.

From 1993 to 1995, Gretchen was the executive editor at Worth magazine. As the number two editor, she oversaw all financial coverage and wrote an investigative “Full Disclosure” column monthly. In 1995 Gretchen became the press secretary for the Forbes for President campaign, returning to Forbes magazine as assistant managing editor in 1996.

She is the co-author of “Reckless Endangerment” (Times Books, 2011); author of “Forbes Great Minds of Business” (John Wiley & Co., 1997); and co-author of “The Women’s Guide to the Stock Market” (Harmony Books, 1981).

Our Comment

"In 2009, The Nation called Gretchen "The Most Important Financial Journalist of Her Generation." In both her writing and her speeches, she spotlights the behaviour of Wall Street capitalists and evaluates their actions morally for her audience. Two key themes that guide Gretchen's fairness when evaluating are: the virtue of putting duty above the self, and the virtue of subordinating self-enrichment to egalitarianism."

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