Jon Hilsenrath is an accomplished veteran of The Wall Street Journal with 30 years of experience writing about economics and finance. He is an expert on the Federal Reserve, the world’s most powerful economic institution, and author of, Yellen, a biography of the U.S. Treasury Secretary and former Fed leader. Jon is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and was a central part of the WSJ’s Sept. 11 converge which won a Pulitzer in 2002.
Jon Hilsenrath was a senior writer and editor for The Wall Street Journal for over 26 years, specializing in economics and finance. His roles included chief economics correspondent, economics editor, and markets editor. Wall Street traders dubbed him the “Fed Whisperer” for his scoops on the nation’s central bank, the Federal Reserve. Working out of Hong Kong, New York, and Washington, D.C., he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2014 for his coverage of the Federal Reserve; part of a WSJ team that was a Pulitzer finalist in 2009 for The Journal’s coverage of the financial crisis; and contributed on-the-scene reporting to the WSJ’s 9/11 coverage which won a Pulitzer in 2002. His 319 Page One bylines stand as the second most among all Wall Street Journal writers in modern times. His biography of Janet Yellen, the U.S. Treasury Secretary, and former Fed Chairwoman, was described by The Economist magazine as “elegant and erudite.” He was twice voted among the nation’s most influential financial journalists in media surveys by Gorkana. A devoted non-partisan, his television appearances include Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, C-SPAN, PBS, and more. He graduated from Duke University and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University, where he also earned an M.B.A.
Jon Hilsenrath on Janet Yellen’s Impact on the Economy
Jon Hilsenrath on Why High Inflation Has Lasted for So Long
Jon Hilsenrath on Current Fed Decisions
Jon Hilsenrath on Janet Yellen’s Legacy
Jon Hilsenrath’s Speech Topics
The Federal Reserve is the world’s most powerful economic institution. Its deliberations about money and interest rates are a constant preoccupation in global financial markets. As the WSJ’s former chief economics correspondent and economics editor, in addition to author of a biography of Janet Yellen, the former Fed chair, Jon developed a vast network of sources in and around the central bank. In frank and intimate conversations, he explains how the Fed makes decisions and communicates its thinking, and how reporters internalize Fed messages. Few topics matter more on Wall Street, especially now as the central bank considers ending a historic campaign of interest rate increases to defeat inflation.
The Economy and The Election
A great deal is on the line for a divided nation in the 2024 election, and few issues matter more to voters than their pocketbooks. Jon will break down how the economy is performing ahead of the critical decision-day. The post-Covid economy has been a perplexing riddle: Inflation soared and now shows signs of slowing. Predictions of recession have not yet come to fruition, though the threat still looms, with grave implications for President Biden. At the same time, artificial intelligence and work-from-home are reshaping how labor markets will work far beyond election day. Jon will explain how these pieces of a puzzle fit together, and why a soft landing for the economy and a new era of prosperity are possible in an era of political gloom.
Women and The Economy
Jon will explore lessons learned from his biography of Janet Yellen, the most powerful woman in U.S. economic history. In telling Yellen’s story, Jon will explain how the roles of women in the workforce have changed in the last half-century, how that has changed work, family, and the political landscape, and describe his four lessons for women who are entering the workforce now.