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HuffPo Hires Business Editor

sp000066.jpgThe Huffington Post has recruited MIT business school professor Simon Johnson as contributing business editor for the site. In his new role, Johnson will help craft HuffPo’s business coverage while writing for the site as well.

Johnson, a professor of entrepreneurship at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, is the co-founder of economic Web site BaselineScenario.com, is a weekly contributor to The New York Times‘ Economix blog and has a monthly column that is syndicated globally. He’s also the co-author of the book 13 Bankers, to be published in March.

Said Johnson:

“The Huffington Post has become a major platform for the national conversation, bringing attention to the leading issues of the day — in real-time and in a way that allows everyone to contribute to the discussion. HuffPost is at the forefront of a resurgence in journalism that sees issues beyond the tired frame of ‘right vs. left,’ and provides news and analysis necessary to help guide genuine economic reform.”

Full release after the jump

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MIT’s SIMON JOHNSON JOINS THE HUFFINGTON POST AS CONTRIBUTING BUSINESS EDITOR

New York, NY — January 29, 2010 — The Huffington Post, a leading social news and opinion site, today announced that Simon Johnson, economics professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, will join the company as a contributing business editor. Professor Johnson will assist in shaping the site’s business coverage, as well as write for The Huffington Post.

“Simon Johnson is an extraordinary thinker and writer, and one of the nation’s most astute, knowledgeable and prescient observers of the economic scene,” said Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. “We are so pleased he is joining our Business team, bringing his expertise, policy acumen, and vision to our daily business coverage. Given the impact economic policy has on the daily lives of average Americans, it’s critically important for insightful voices and perspectives such as Simon’s to be given as wide a platform as possible.”

Said Professor Johnson: “The Huffington Post has become a major platform for the national conversation, bringing attention to the leading issues of the day — in real-time and in a way that allows everyone to contribute to the discussion. HuffPost is at the forefront of a resurgence in journalism that sees issues beyond the tired frame of ‘right vs. left,’ and provides news and analysis necessary to help guide genuine economic reform. I’m delighted to be a part of the HuffPost team.”

Prof. Johnson is the co-author, with James Kwak, of 13 Bankers, an urgent blueprint for American fiscal policy, to be published by Pantheon March 30, 2010. In their book Johnson and Kwak assert that the underlying causes of our financial crises are still present, and that the Obama administration has missed out on key opportunities for sorely needed reform. “The deregulation of banking has produced great danger,” observes Prof. Johnson, “And the recent government bailout has only worsened the underlying problems. Unless the biggest banks are reined in — and become small enough to fail — we are headed for serious trouble.”

Prof. Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., a co-founder of BaselineScenario.com, a widely cited website on the global economy, and is a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Economic Advisers.

Prof. Johnson is a weekly contributor to NYT.com’s Economix, has a monthly column with Project Syndicate that runs in publications around the world, and has published high-impact opinion pieces in The Atlantic, The New Republic, BusinessWeek, Bloomberg, and The Financial Times, among other places.

From March 2007 through the end of August 2008, Prof. Johnson was the International Monetary Fund’s Economic Counselor (chief economist) and Director of its Research Department. He is an expert on financial and economic crises. As an academic, in policy roles, and with the private sector, over the past 20 years he has worked on crisis prevention, amelioration, and recovery around the world, in both relatively rich and relatively poor countries.

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