Speaker's Biography:

Jon Hilsenrath
Chief Economics Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

Jon Hilsenrath is the Chief Economics Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, where he covers the Federal Reserve, economic policy and economic trends out of Washington. He joined the Journal in 1997 and has worked in Hong Kong, New York and Washington, where he has written extensively on economics, markets and financial crises. His stories have been honored by the Society of Publishers in Asia, Columbia University, the Society of Business Editors and Writers, the Institute on Political Journalism and others. In 2001, he provided on-the-scene reporting of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, part of the Journal's breaking news coverage that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Hilsenrath received a bachelor's degree from Duke University and an M.B.A. and master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, where he was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in 1995-96.