Stephanie Flanders named BBC Economics Editor

Stephanie Flanders, currently Economics Editor for Newsnight, takes over the role of BBC Economics Editor in early April following Evan Davis’s appointment to Today on BBC Radio 4.

Stephanie is a former speech writer and senior advisor to the United States Treasury, where she worked on the management of emerging market financial crises along with other global economic issues from 1997 to 2001.

She was Principal Editor of the United Nations’ 2002 Human Development Report in New York before being appointed Economics Correspondent of Newsnight that same year.

Between 1994 and 1997 Stephanie was a leader writer and economics columnist with the Financial Times in London. She has also worked as a reporter for the New York Times.

Educated at St Paul’s Girls School, London, Stephanie gained a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford, and later spent two years as a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard, studying international economics and development and US politics.

In her early career she worked as an economist at the London Business School and subsequently at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

“Evan is unique – and not an act that any sensible person would want to follow. But then nor is BBC Economics Editor a job that you turn down. I’m thrilled. And I am almost as tall as him, which helps.” Stephanie said.

Jeremy Hillman, Editor of the Economics and Business Centre in BBC News, said: “Stephanie has a formidable track record as an economist and journalist. She will bring huge depth and insight to the role at a time of significant global and domestic economic uncertainty. She will also make a strong addition to the team of senior BBC Editors and play a central role in leading and shaping the BBC’s coverage across the UK and across the globe.”

Helen Boaden, Director, BBC News, said: “Stephanie has a terrific track record and will build on her reputation at Newsnight for bringing clarity, authority and wry humour to this important but difficult area.”

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