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Washington Post Columnist, Author Neil Irwin to Deliver Bradlee Lecture

October 22, 2013
Press Release #13-108


Neil Irwin, Washington Post columnist and author, will deliver St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s annual Benjamin Bradlee Distinguished Lecture in Journalism on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall. This event is free and open to the public. 

Neil Irwin has recently garnered much acclaim as the author of “The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire,” a New York Times bestselling book about the efforts of the world’s central banks to combat the financial crisis and its aftermath.  The Alchemists is on the short-list for the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

Irwin is also the economics editor of Wonkblog, The Washington Post’s site for policy news and analysis. Each weekday morning his Econ Agenda column reports and explains the latest trends in economics, finance, and the policies that shape both. He has been a reporter for the Post since 2000, and frequently appears on television to analyze economic and financial topics.

Irwin was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economic and Business Journalism at Columbia University, where he earned an MBA. He earned his B.A. at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

The Bradlee Lecture features individuals who have made great contributions to journalism with a focus on democracy. The lecture is endowed by Benjamin Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991, who oversaw the publication of stories documenting the Watergate scandal. Bradlee served on the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2013.

The Bradlee Lecture has brought eminent journalists to the St. Mary’s College campus, including Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward, Tony Kornheiser, and Ben Bradlee himself. The lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy, a joint initiative of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City.