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Juniata Hosts New York Times Economic Reporter for Talk on Economy

(Posted September 9, 2009)

Edmund Andrews, economics and energy correspondent for the New York Times, will give a talk on how the U.S. will emerge from the current economic crisis.

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Edmund Andrews, economics and energy policy correspondent in the Washington, D.C. bureau of the New York Times, will speak at Juniata College on "2009: Now What?" at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Academic Center on the Juniata campus.
The talk is free and open to the public.

In his talk "2009: Now What?" Andrews will try to answer the question on everybody's mind: Are we in fact coming out of this economic crisis? He will address whether our economy will be permanently altered due to the recession and whether employment and growth is expected to return to pre-crisis levels. He also will talk about how the federal bailout and financial intervention programs has affected the economy and whether or not the U.S. economy can "get back to normal."

Andrews has spent the last year covering the collapse of the lending industry, the federal bailout of the banking industry, coverage of the transition between the economic teams for Presidents Bush and Obama, and the new economic policies of the Obama economic team.

Andrews also will offer a personal perspective on the economic crisis by talking about his best-selling book "Busted: Life Inside the Mortgage Meltdown," which debuted this summer. In the book, Andrews recounts his personal experience as he bought a home at the height of the subprime mortgage craze and describes his spiral into refinancing, excessive credit card debt and eventual foreclosure, all while covering similar stories as a new York Times reporter.

Working out of the Washington bureau, Andrews' beat includes trade, international economics, the Federal Reserve, presidential fiscal policies and the politics of economics. Before covering the developing economic crisis, Andrews reported an ongoing series of articles on why oil and gas royalties to the federal government had not risen to the same levels as market prices, resulting in increased attention paid to the billions of dollars in royalties that might have been lost from federal coffers.

In his talk "2009: Now What?" Andrews will try to answer the question on everybody's mind: Are we in fact coming out of this economic crisis?


Andrews started his career at the Times in 1988 as a reporter covering patents, telecommunication and technology. In 1992 he was assigned to the Washington Bureau as a correspondent.

He turned his interests to economics when he became the European economics correspondent and Frankfurt bureau chief in 1996. He covered the development and rollout of the euro as Europe's single currency and covered issues as disparate as hostile takeovers of European companies, antitrust issues between the United States and Europe, and the cloning of Dolly the sheep.

He started his journalism career in 1979 as an education and city reporter for the Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs, Ark. and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1981 as an assignment editor for Cable News Network. He left television in 1984 to work as a freelance writer for business and technology magazines until joining the Times in 1988.

He earned a bachelor's degree in international relations in 1978 from Colgate University and went on to earn a master's degree in journalism in 1981 from Northwestern University.


Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.