(Posted February 16, 2009)

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 "Tossing Out the Rules" at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Academic Center on the Juniata campus.

In his talk "Tossing Out the Rules," Andrews will outline how policymakers have been trying many types of economic solutions to get ahead of the current global financial crisis.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Also of interest to local business leaders and entrepreneurs is a panel discussion on opening a franchise business and entrepreneurialism. The event is at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science.
The panel will feature Joan Painter, a franchising expert who has operated and developed franchises for Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, and three local and regional franchise operators.

Andrews has spent the last three to four months 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.

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.

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 April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.