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|Born||25 May 1949
Brighton, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Journalist, editor, author|
|Notable credit(s)||City Editor, Daily Mail|
Alex Brummer (born 25 May 1949) is a British economics commentator, working as a journalist, editor, and author. He has been the City Editor of the Daily Mail (London) since May 2000, where he writes a daily column on economics and finance. He was the Financial Editor of The Guardian between 1990 and 1999.
He is a regular contributor to The Jewish Chronicle (London), writing extensively on business, the media, the Holocaust, and Middle East policy.
Brummer also writes "The Money" article for the New Statesman and is a member of the editorial advisory board of Jewish Renaissance magazine. He is a Vice-President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
Born in Brighton, he has a degree in economics and politics from the University of Southampton and an MBA from the University of Bradford Management Centre. Brummer started his media career at J. Walter Thompson and Haymarket Publishing between 1970 and 1972. He then joined The Guardian as the Financial Correspondent. He was the main reporter on the fringe banking crisis of 1973/4 and the 1976 sterling crisis.
In 1979 he became the US Financial and Washington Correspondent for The Guardian. He covered the 1980, 1984, and 1988 US presidential elections for The Guardian. His work in this area earned him the 1989 Overseas Press Club award for the best foreign correspondent in the US. Brummer then took up positions as a Foreign Editor and Financial Editor, and completed his twenty-six-year tenure at The Guardian as Associate Editor.
He worked as Consultant Editor for the Financial Mail on Sunday between 1999 and 2000 and was voted Financial Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards. In 2000 he became the City Editor of the Daily Mail. Brummer covered the 2003 Iraq War for the Daily Mail from Washington, D.C. Brummer led the Daily Mail's coverage on the 2007 run on Northern Rock, collapse of Lehman Brothers, and subsequent credit crunch.
On 4 February 2009, Brummer appeared as a witness at the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee, along with Robert Peston (BBC), Lionel Barber (Financial Times), Simon Jenkins (Guardian), and Sky News Business Editor Jeff Randall to answer questions on the role of the media in financial stability and "whether financial journalists should operate under any form of reporting restrictions during banking crises".
- James Hanson: a Biography (London: Fourth Estate, 1994)
- Arnold Weinstock: The Life and Times of Britain's Premier Industrialist (London: HarperCollinsBusiness, 1998).
- The Crunch: The Scandals of Northern Rock and the Looming Credit Crisis (London: Random House Business Books, 2008).
- The Crunch: How Greed and Incompetence Sparked the Credit Crisis (London: Random House Business Books, 2009).
- The Great Pensions Robbery: How the politicians betrayed retirement (London: Random House Business Books, 2011).
- Britain for Sale: British Companies in Foreign Hands – the Hidden Threat to Our Economy (London: Random House Business Books, 2012).
- Bad Banks: Greed, Incompetence and the Next Global Crisis (London: Random House Business Book, 2014).
In 2014 Brummer was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of the University by the University of Bradford.
- Best Foreign Correspondent in the United States, Overseas Press Club (1989).
- Financial Journalist of the Year, British Press Awards (1999).
- Best City Journalist, Media Awards (2000).
- Senior Financial Journalist of the Year, Wincott Prize (2001).
- Newspaper Journalist of the Year, Work Foundation (2002).
- Business Journalist of the Year, World Leadership Forum (2006).
- Commentator of the Year, World Leadership Forum (2006).
- Magazine Commentator of the Year (New Statesman), The Comment Awards (2009).
- Financial Journalist of the Year, City of London Corporation (2013).
- The Daily Mail City Editor (2000–present)
- The Guardian Assistant Editor (1998–1999)
- The Guardian Financial Editor (1990–1999)
- The Guardian Foreign Editor (1989)
- The Guardian Washington Bureau Chief (1985–1989)
- The Guardian Washington Correspondent (1979–1985).
- Alex Brummer's Daily Mail columns (thisismoney.co.uk)
- Alex Brummer's New Statesman articles
- Alex Brummer's Jewish Chronicle articles
- Who's Who (London: A & C Black, 2006)
- Debrett's People of Today (London: Debrett's Peerage, 2006)
- Willings Press Guide (Cision UK, 2007)
- Israel's economy: the in-tray, Fathom: For a deeper understanding of Israel and the region, 30 January 2013
- "Who We Are". Jewish Renaissance. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
- Treasury Committee http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/treasury_committee/tc0809pn12.cfm[permanent dead link]