Gretchen Morgenson

Business, Finance, Leadership

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Gretchen Morgenson Profile

  • A Pulitzer-prize winning reporter, Morgenson has served as assistant Business and financial Editor of the New York Times since 1998.

  • Morgenson is one of the gutsiest journalists covering Wall Street, known for her fearless disclosures of corporate scandals and corruption.

  • Morgenson co-authored Reckless Endangerment, the best-selling book that exposed how Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and their governmental ties contributed to the 2008 Financial Crisis.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Gretchen Morgenson is known for her hard-hitting reporting on what really happens on Wall Street. Throughout her 40-year career, she has exposed corporate scandal, untangled financial fiascos, and raised public awareness that there is a need for greater accountability within Corporate America.

    Since 1998, Morgenson has served as the assistant Business and financial Editor of the New York Times, disclosing CEO pay abuses, conflicts of interest, corporate governance failures, and failed regulation of the financial sector. Her in-depth investigative reporting into the dubious actions that resulted in the Dot Com and Telecom crashes earned her a Pulitzer Prize. Her best-selling book Reckless Endangerment co-authored with housing finance expert Joshua Rosner examines the lead role that government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac played in the 2008 Financial Crisis.

    Though she originally aspired to be a political journalist, Morgenson started her career as a “slave assistant” at Vogue where she eventually worked her way to being the magazine’s financial columnist. Discouraged by her low wages and the notion that very few people realized Vogue had a financial column, she became a broker on Wall Street, where she witnessed the beginnings of the 1982 Bull Market and received what she refers to as “a workingman’s MBA – a great education into how everything got done.” This proved to be an asset when she returned to journalism, reporting for Forbes and later the New York Times.

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      Gretchen Morgenson is assistant business and financial editor and a columnist at the New York Times. She has covered the world financial markets for The Times since May 1998 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for her “trenchant and incisive” coverage of Wall Street. She was also a member of the team that won the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for deadline/beat reporting for the newspaper’s 1998 articles on the near collapse of Long Term Capital Management, the massive hedge fund whose troubles roiled the world’s financial markets. In 2000, she won the ICI Education Foundation and American University School of Communication Journalism Award for excellence in personal finance reporting.

      Ms. Morgenson joined The Times as assistant business and financial editor in May 1998. Previously, she was assistant managing editor at Forbes magazine since rejoining the magazine in March 1996. Before that, she was the press secretary for the Forbes for President campaign from September 1995 to March 1996.

      From August 1993 to August 1995, Ms. Morgenson was the executive editor at Worth magazine. As the number two editor, she oversaw all financial coverage and also wrote an investigative “Full Disclosure” column monthly. From November 1986 to August 1993, she was an investigative business writer and editor at Forbes magazine. She broke the story of anti-investor practices on the Nasdaq stock market that was followed by Justice Department and SEC investigations. Earlier, she oversaw several Forbes investing sections and their Washington bureau. From January 1984 to November 1986, she was a staff writer at Money magazine.

      Ms. Morgenson was a stockbroker for Dean Witter Reynolds in New York from September 1981 to January 1984. She began her career at Vogue magazine as an editorial assistant in August 1976, and by the time she left the magazine in July 1981, she was a writer and financial columnist.

      Ms. Morgenson is the co-author of Reckless Endangerment (2011) and The Woman’s Guide to the Stock Market, and author of Forbes Great Minds of Business. She received a B.A. degree in English and history from Saint Olaf College.

      “Hearty kudos on the conference! You did it again—for the 17th time. You ran a day unlike any other in presenting such a diversity of speakers and deep insights into the soft and hard aspects of being a leader. I commend you for your great work in crafting this conference. One specific note—having Platon [award-winning photographer and author of Power] close out the speaker lineup was sheer brilliance in your programming.”

      – Jim Kristie
      Editor & Associate Publisher
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    Books by Gretchen Morgenson:

    Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Created the Worst Financial Crisis of Our Time

    A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011
    One of The Economist’s 2011 Books of the Year

    In Reckless Endangerment, Gretchen Morgenson exposes how the watchdogs who were supposed to protect the country from financial harm were actually complicit in the actions that finally blew up the American economy. Drawing on previously untapped sources and building on original research from coauthor Joshua Rosner―who himself raised early warnings with the public and investors, and kept detailed records―Morgenson connects the dots that led to this fiasco.

    Morgenson and Rosner draw back the curtain on Fannie Mae, the mortgage-finance giant that grew, with the support of the Clinton administration, through the 1990s, becoming a major opponent of government oversight even as it was benefiting from public subsidies. They expose the role played not only by Fannie Mae executives but also by enablers at Countrywide Financial, Goldman Sachs, the Federal Reserve, HUD, Congress, and the biggest players on Wall Street, to show how greed, aggression, and fear led countless officials to ignore warning signs of an imminent disaster.

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