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Zanny Minton Beddoes (2015)

Zanny Minton Beddoes is the Economics editor for the Economist magazine. She is responsible for coverage of the American economy, Western economic policy and issues relating to globalization. She has been an influential commentator on the Great Recession.

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About the Zanny Minton Beddoes Interview

Logging off now. I'll be back in the morning, probably around 9am London time. Thanks for your questions. I will do my best to get to them all. Z

Thanks for all these great questions. I'm in Berlin and it's quite late here. I'll probably only manage a few more questions tonight. But I'll join the conversation again once I get back to London tomorrow morning. Z

We appear to be back, so I will answer a few more questions. Sadly, I can't stay too long. But I will answer more tomorrow. Z

Update: It seems that this AMA has been deleted, so I'm going to hold off answering any more questions. Hopefully, we can make this work another time. Apologies to everyone who is still in the conversation.

About me:
I studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and then went on to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In my first summer at Harvard I headed to Poland as part of a group of interns headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs. We worked as advisors to the Minister of Finance in Poland's first post-communist government. This was a life-changing experience. Crammed into an office in the Soviet-style ministry, we were writing policy memos designed to help Poland's reformers to build a market economy.
After Harvard I joined the IMF, working first on Senegal and Mali and then Krygyzstan. I started at The Economist in 1994 in a newly-created job of emerging-markets correspondent. After two years in London I moved back to Washington, DC in 1996, and ended up staying there for 18 years. I became The Economist's economics editor in 2008, at the height of the financial crisis. One highlight of this period was writing a special report on inequality in 2012. That was a year before Thomas Piketty's 'Capital' was published in French.
In August 2014 I moved back to London to run the paper's business, finance, science and technology sections. My predecessor as Editor-in-Chief, John Micklethwait, announced he was leaving in December and I was appointed in January 2015.

My bio

About The Economist

This week, we took the unusual step of having three different covers.

Some questions people often ask us and our answers:

Why does The Economist call itself a newspaper?

Is The Economist left- or right-wing?

Why are The Economist’s writers anonymous?

Introductions aside, ask away!

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Zanny Minton Beddoes Jun 18, 2015