OLD Media Moves

WaPo hires reporter to cover “personal economics”

July 17, 2014

Posted by Chris Roush

The following was issued by Washington Post financial editor Greg Schneider and deputy financial editor David Cho: 

We’re thrilled to announce that Chico Harlan is joining the Financial section to cover a beat we’re calling personal economics.

In his four years as East Asia bureau chief for the Foreign staff, and before that as a baseball writer for Sports, Chico established himself as one of the finest writers at The Post — or anywhere else. Based first in Tokyo and then in Seoul, he mastered his terrain with uncanny speed. As Doug Jehl notes: Chico revealed himself as a gifted storyteller with a remarkable eye for detail. It’s impossible to forget his portrait of the eerie wasteland left behind by those who fled the Fukushima disaster,  leaving  “half-finished wine bottles on the tables and sneakers in the foyer.’’ This week, he opened our eyes to a mail-order courtship between a South Korean man and his Vietnamese bride,  when  “the attraction was modest but enough.’’

When he joins Financial, Chico will take a zoomed-in focus on the way bigger economic trends affect individuals, from small-business owners to retirees to recent college graduates. He’ll cover the ways Americans think about their money — the way they spend it, earn it, lose it, fall in love with it, let it ruin them. This is a beat about gas prices, part-time jobs, $40,000 SUVs, mortgages, debts. And he will write about global trade and economic issues in ways that speak directly to consumers.

We can’t wait for him to get started; please join us in welcoming Chico back to the States early next month.

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