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Greg Ip

Greg Ip is the Chief Economics Commentator for The Wall Street Journal. Previously, he was the U.S. economics editor for The Economist , covering the economy, financial markets, monetary, fiscal and regulatory policy and contributes to The Economist’s blog, Free Exchange.

Prior to this he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, most recently as chief economics correspondent in Washington. He created Real Time Economics,  The Wall Street Journal’s online blog of Fed and economic news. He joined the Journal in 1996 as a reporter covering financial markets in New York.

Mr. Ip began his journalism career as a reporter for the Vancouver (B.C.) Sun from May to December 1989. He joined the Financial Post in Toronto, Ontario, in January 1990 and was an economics and financial reporter in Canada and later transferred to Washington, D.C., as a correspondent for the paper. In September 1995, he became a business and economics reporter for the Globe and Mail in Toronto.

In 2008, Mr. Ip with several colleagues won the William Brewster Styles Award in business and economics writing from the Scripps Howard Foundation for coverage of the mortgage and housing crisis. In March 2005, Mr. Ip won a Business Journalist of the Year award from the World Leadership Forum in the “Best Story on Economics” category for his two-part series on the legacy of Alan Greenspan. In 2002, The Wall Street Journal Staff was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news reporting category for articles from the September 12, 2001 edition.   Mr. Ip and a Journal colleague wrote “Attacks Raise Fears of a Recession,” one of the articles included in the prize-winning package. The Journal staff also received the Jesse Laventhol Prize for deadline news reporting from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and won a second place in the National Headliner Awards. In 1998, Mr. Ip as part of a team of Journal reporters received the Overseas Press Club’s Malcolm Forbes Award for business reporting for their coverage of the Asian financial crisis. He was also a member of a team of reporters receiving the 1998 Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Award. The award in the spot news category was for coverage of the financial market drop of October 27, 1997.

Ip frequently appears on radio and television, including CNBC, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS and National Public Radio.

A native of Canada, Mr. Ip received a bachelor’s degree in economics and journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.  He is the author of  "The Little Book of Economics:  How the Economy works in the Real World."

Most Recent Appearances

Recent Stories

  • The Wall Street Journal
    September 2, 2017
    Americans don’t like being forced to buy flood coverage, but it may be the best way to protect the booming economies most at risk
  • The Wall Street Journal
    July 26, 2017
    Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump’s detractors portray him as a do-nothing president with no big wins on issues such as health care, taxes and infrastructure.
  • Health Bill Draws Fiscal Fault Line Between Old and Poor—and the Poor Are Losing
    June 28, 2017
    The health-care overhaul that Senate leaders floated this past week does more than roll back an entitlement Republicans have loathed since the day it was enacted in 2010.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    May 1, 2017
    Studies find tax cuts elsewhere have spurred business investment, but not notably faster overall growth.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    April 20, 2017
    On economics, unlike foreign policy, President Trump’s populism runs deep and has broader support.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    July 9, 2015
    Marriage is in the air in corporate America. Mergers and acquisitions this year are on track to match the record set in 2007. Merger talks have been under way among the nation’s five largest health insurers by revenue.
  • The Economist
    September 10, 2014
    FEDEX, Walmart and McDonald’s are among America’s largest employers. Yet many of the people who drive FedEx’s delivery trucks, staff Walmart’s warehouses and serve McDonald’s hamburgers are not their employees.