My name is Paddy Hirsch. I’m a writer, a journalist, and an explainer.

I’m the author of a book called Man vs Markets, Economics Explained, Plain and Simple. It’s a lighthearted, jargon-free guide to the financial markets, aimed at regular people who just want to understand what on earth happens on Wall Street.

I’ve been a journalist for nearly 20 years, but a couple of years ago, I switched gears and started writing fiction. Crime fiction, to be more accurate. Historical crime fiction, to be precise. My first novel, Raising the Wind (working title), is slated to be published in the US and Canada by Macmillan Tor/Forge in May 2018,  and by Atlantic Books in the UK and the rest of the English-speaking world at the same time. It’s a murder mystery complicated by a financial scandal, set in New York in 1799. I’m currently working on a follow-up to that first novel.

When I’m not writing fiction, I work as a consultant to media companies and non-profits, helping them create strategies for the use of video in news storytelling and user engagement. I also work as a contributing editor at NPR and American Public Media’s Marketplace. I spent seven years at Marketplace, where I was the host of The Marketplace Whiteboard. It’s an online video series, featuring pithy, two-minute explainers of financial terms.

The Whiteboard was a Webby honoree in 2009; I was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 2010; and I was an Edward R Murrow award winner in 2014

I got my start in journalism with an internship at the BBC in Glasgow, Scotland. I became a field producer for CNBC in Hong Kong and later was a consultant to the Open Broadcast Network in Bosnia. I’ve worked as an editor for Direct Capital Markets, Institutional Investor Newsletters, Standard & Poor’s, and the Vietnam Economic Times.

Prior to becoming a journalist, I served for nearly ten years as an officer in the Royal Marines. I went to school at Campbell College in Belfast and received a bachelor’s degree in French and International Studies from the University of Warwick.

I was born in Weymouth, England, raised in Ireland and I now live in Los Angeles. During my free time, I like to run, surf and climb big hills.

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