My name is Paddy Hirsch. I just wrote a book called Man vs Markets, Economics Explained, Plain and Simple. It's a lighthearted, jargon-free guide to the financial markets, aimed at regular people who just want to understand what on earth happens on Wall Street. Oh, and it's got cartoons!
My day job is Senior Producer of Personal Finance at the public radio business show Marketplace. I oversee the production of all personal finance content for all of the Marketplace shows, and for the website, Marketplace.org. I'm also the creator and host of Marketplace Whiteboard, a video explainer of financial and economic terms.

I joined Marketplace in 2007 just as the credit crunch that preceded the 2008 financial crisis began to take hold. I was editor of the New York Bureau and the entrepreneurship desk throughout the crisis and I spearheaded Marketplace's financial markets coverage as the economy slipped into recession. I was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 2010, and I returned to Marketplace in July of 2011.

I got my start in journalism with an internship at the BBC in Glasgow, Scotland. I became a field producer for CNBC in Hong Kong and later was a consultant to the Open Broadcast Network in Bosnia. I was an editor for Direct Capital Markets, Institutional Investor Newsletters, Standard & Poor's, and the Vietnam Economic Times.

I attended Campbell College in Belfast and received a bachelor's degree in French and International Studies from the University of Warwick. I am a Knight Fellow and I was a Webby honoree in 2009.

I was born in Weymouth, England, raised in Ireland and I currently reside in Los Angeles. During my free time, I'm a runner, mountaineer, surfer and an avid consumer of East and Southeast Asian cuisine.