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About neil irwin

Neil Irwin is the chief economic correspondent at Axios, the digital media company. He reports on and analyzes U.S. and global economic trends, the Federal Reserve, financial markets, and more. He is the lead author of Axios Macro, an e-mail newsletter sent each weekday at noon that is a succinct daily update on the key economic and policy developments that form the backdrop of global business.

He is the author of two books: The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire, a New York Times bestselling narrative of the world's central bankers fighting the global financial crisis; and How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World, an exploration of how to best navigate a career in the 21st century economy.

From 2014 to 2021, Irwin was senior economic correspondent at The New York Times, where he wrote analysis and commentary on economic and financial market trends. His notable Times articles included one identifying the "Everything Boom" in global asset prices; a memorable story explaining the U.S. labor market through a tale of two janitors in different eras; and an influential essay on the beneath-the-radar "mini-recession" in 2015 that had lasting consequences for U.S. politics and economics.

Prior to the Times, Irwin was a reporter and columnist at The Washington Post for 13 years, where he led coverage of the global financial crisis and was named as among the Federal Reserve reporters whose work most moved financial markets.

He often analyzes economic trends on television and radio, including appearances on the PBS Newshour, CBS This Morning, BBC America, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and public radio's Marketplace. He is a member of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group, a group of leading economic thinkers, executives, and former public officials.

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

Irwin lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Sarah Halzack.

Read Irwin's most recent work for Axios here, or subscribe to Axios Macro here.

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