Adam Davidson (journalist)

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Davidson in 2012
Alex Blumberg and the This American Life crew at the 68th Annual Peabody Awards for The Giant Pool of Money
(left to right: Alex Blumberg, Adam Davidson, Ira Glass, Torey Malatia and Ellen Weiss)

Adam Davidson is an American journalist focusing on business and economics issues for National Public Radio. He was a co-founder of NPR's Planet Money program.[1] Previously he has covered globalization issues, the Asian tsunami, and the war in Iraq, for which he won the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize.[2] He and Adam McKay were former co-hosts of Surprisingly Awesome from Gimlet Media.[3][4] Davidson worked as an economics columnist for The New York Times Magazine[5] and in 2016 took a position at The New Yorker.[6]


Davidson won the George Polk Award in Radio Reporting for his reporting with Alex Blumberg for a May 2008 show titled "The Giant Pool of Money". The piece explained the highly complex chain of events that led to the subprime mortgage crisis by showcasing interviews with participants at each sector of the crisis.[7] The episode was linked widely in the blogosphere and remains one of the show's most-downloaded podcasts.[8]


  1. ^ "Surprisingly Awesome". Gimlet Media. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  2. ^ "Adam Davidson: NPR". National Public Radio. Retrieved January 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Surprisingly Awesome". 
  4. ^ "» Surprisingly Awesome". 
  5. ^ "Bernienomics Might Not Be Feasible — But It's Useful". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ Bazelon, Emily; Davidson, Adam; Plotz, David (2016-08-26). "The "Meet the New Trump" Edition". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  7. ^ E&P Staff. "George P. Polk Award Winners Announced". Editor and Publisher. February 16, 2009.
  8. ^ McIntyre, Jamie. "Defogging the Economic Crisis ". American Journalism Review. March 10, 2009.

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