Yalman Onaran

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Yalman Onaran
Born (1969-02-24) 24 February 1969 (age 45)
Istanbul, Turkey

Yalman Onaran is a Turkish-born American financial journalist. Onaran came to the United States in 1987 to study at the College of Wooster in Ohio. After finishing Columbia University’s School of Journalism, and the School of International & Public Affairs, Onaran started working as a reporter.

Early life[edit]

Onaran was born in Istanbul and moved to the United States to attend the College of Wooster,[1] from which he graduated in 1991.[2] Onaran earned his graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism, and from the School of International & Public Affairs. Returning to Turkey in 1995 to work as a correspondent for the Associated Press based in Ankara, he joined Bloomberg in 1998,[3] opening the company's Istanbul bureau.[4] Onaran moved back to New York in 2007, and began covering the investment banks Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, giving him a front-row seat to two major casualties of the 2008 global financial crisis. Onaran became a naturalized United States citizen in 2009. Yalman Onaran is an avid diver and ice skater. He speaks and reads English, Turkish, German, Russian, Italian and Spanish.[5]


Onaran taught in schools before he became a full-time correspondent for the Associated Press, and moved back to the Middle East to cover wars and politics. Onaran found himself covering the war zones first. Onaran then switched to financial journalism. Yalman Onaran realized the powerful leaders of the business world had to be held to account for their actions just as much as the politicians of the world. Onaran has been working for Bloomberg News since 1998 in many capacities, among those Istanbul bureau chief and magazine writer. Onaran covered Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns when the financial crisis hit. Onaran is currently a senior finance writer for Bloomberg News focusing on global and national banking.[6] Onaran covers global banking, regulation and the politics of finance.[7] Onaran now writes feature articles about banking issues worldwide, and compares the problems of European banks to their U.S. counterparts, as well as identifying the effectiveness of new bank regulations.


  • Onaran Is the author of Zombie Banks: How Broken Banks and Debtor Nations are Crippling the Global Economy (2011).[8]
  • U.S. Bank Regulators Go Bigger Than Basel, Seek Tougher Capital Rules[9]
  • U.S. Bank Balance Sheets May Hide Risk[10]
  • In addition, Onaran's work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg, Businessweek, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and numerous other publications around the world.


  1. ^ Karz, Gary. "The Global Financial Crisis according to Yalman Onaran". Global Financial Crisis Survey. InvestorHome. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wooster Magazine". The College of Wooster. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Bell, Art. "Art Bell: Yalman Onaran". 
  4. ^ "Zombie Banks: A Political Salon with Yalman Onaran". World Policy Institute. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Onaran, Yalman. "LinkedIn: Yalman Onaran". LinkedIn / Yalman Onaran. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Onaran, Yalman. "Bio: Yalman Onaran". Bloomberg Business Week. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Onaran, Yalman. "Twitter: Yalman Onaran". Twitter / Yalman Onaran. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Zombie Banks". Wiley. 
  9. ^ http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-07-11/u-dot-s-dot-bank-regulators-go-bigger-than-basel-seek-tougher-capital-rules
  10. ^ http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-21/u-dot-s-dot-bank-balance-sheets-may-hide-risk