One of Europe’s most respected economic commentators
Four times awarded the British Press Award
30 years as foreign correspondent and op-ed columnist with The Financial Times of London, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal Europe
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Alan Friedman is one of Europe’s most respected economic commentators and a well known TV personality in Italy. He is a journalist, author and documentary maker who spent 30 years as an award-winning foreign correspondent and op-ed columnist with The Financial Times of London, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal Europe;. He has also been a prominent talk show host on Italian television, developing prime time shows for Rai 2 and Rai 3, Sky and La7. He is presently an opinion columnist for Italy’s La Stampa newspaper, and a frequent commentator on BBC World, CNN, Al Jazeera, and Euronews.
Alan Friedman was born in New York City in 1956. He was educated at the NYU (B.A. Politics and History), the London School of Economics (International Relations) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (M.A. International Economics and Law. He lives between the United States and Switzerland.
From 2003 to 2005 he was World Economy columnist for the Wall Street Journal Europe. In 1999 The New York Times and The Washington Post appointed Mr. Friedman as Chairman of International Herald Tribune TV, a post he held for five years. Previously, from 1994 to 2003 Mr. Friedman was Global Economics Correspondent of the Paris-based International Herald Tribune/New York Times.
From 1979 to 1993 Mr. Friedman worked for the Financial Times in London, as a columnist on Eurobonds, as the youngest-ever Banking
Correspondent and as a foreign correspondent in Italy and the United States. Before joining The Financial Times, Alan Friedman had worked in the Pentagon in the Administration of President Jimmy Carter in the role of Presidential Management Fellow.
During his career with the Financial Times, Alan Friedman was awarded the British Press Award four times. He was recognized as the journalist who, together with Lionel Barber (former Editor of the FT), broke the Iraq-gate scandal in 1991 that revealed how the CIA and White House were involved in the illegal sale of weapons to Saddam Hussein.
His television career began at the beginning of the 1980’s. He produced, developed and hosted several programs and talk show on economy for the Italian and Spanish television, He is the author of nine best-selling books, including a biography of Italian billionaire and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
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