Binyamin Appelbaum

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Binyamin Appelbaum
Born1978/1979 (age 43–44)[1]
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania, B.A.
Occupation(s)Editorial board member, The New York Times
Known forJournalist
Notable workThe Economists' Hour (2019)
Parent(s)Diana Muir Karter
Paul S. Appelbaum
FamilyYoni Appelbaum (brother)
Peter Karter (grandfather)
Trish Karter (aunt) Edit this at Wikidata

Binyamin Appelbaum is the lead writer on business and economics for the Editorial Board of The New York Times.[2] He joined the board in March 2019. He was previously a Washington correspondent for the Times, covering the Federal Reserve and other aspects of economic policy. Appelbaum has previously worked for The Florida Times-Union, The Charlotte Observer, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post.[3] He graduated in 2001 from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in history.[4][5] He was executive editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian.

The Economists' Hour[edit]

His first book, The Economists' Hour, was published in September 2019.[6][7] The book "traces the rise of the economists, first in the United States and then around the globe, as their ideas reshaped the modern world, curbing government, unleashing corporations and hastening globalization."[8]


In 2007 Appelbaum was part of a team of reporters at The Charlotte Observer that helped shed light on the area's high rate of housing foreclosures and questionable sales practices by Beazer Homes USA, one of the United States' largest homebuilders. A profile of his reporting on the subprime mortgage crisis described how, well before the nation knew about the coming crisis in mortgage lending, Appelbaum "noticed a strange pattern while compiling a list of foreclosed homes in North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County—clusters were concentrated in new developments. Appelbaum wondered if faulty loans were behind the trend".[9] The Observer′s series led to FBI, IRS, SEC, and HUD investigations of Beazer Homes, which has since stopped making mortgage loans nationwide and stopped building homes in Charlotte, North Carolina.[10][11][12]

"Beazer's crime wave might have gone on longer than it did, but for a North Carolina newspaper, The Charlotte Observer," wrote Floyd Norris of The New York Times.[13] The series won a Gerald Loeb Award for Medium Newspapers,[14] a George Polk Award and was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in public service.[15]

Appelbaum's November 8, 2018 tweet claiming the term 'gaslighting' was not an "actual English word" sent lookups for the word up 14,000% on, putting it on their list of trending terms.[16]

He has two siblings: Yoni Appelbaum and Avigail Appelbaum.[1]


  1. ^ a b Brendel, Martina (April 2007). "Alumni Updates: Dr. Paul S. Appelbaum '72 Comes Home to Columbia". Columbia College Today.
  2. ^ "Binyamin Appelbaum Joins the Editorial Board". New York Times. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  3. ^ Michael Calderone, "NYT Building Economic Team; Hires Appelbaum", Politico, March 9, 2010.
  4. ^ "Binya Appelbaum, C'01". Penn Arts & Sciences at Work. 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  5. ^ Christine Huang, "NY Times Reporter Calls for Improved Financial Literacy" Archived May 29, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, The Daily Pennsylvanian, April 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "When economists ruled the world They have a lot to answer for, says Binyamin Appelbaum". The Economist.
  7. ^ Appelbaum, Binyamin (8 January 2019). The Economists' Hour. Little, Brown and Company. Hachette Book Group.
  8. ^ The Economists' Hour. 2019-01-08.
  9. ^ Kelly Carr, "The Charlotte Observer’s 'Sold a Nightmare'" Archived June 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Business Journalism, January 2008.
  10. ^ Rick Thames, "Observer series named Pulitzer finalist; 'Sold a Nightmare' couldn't have been done without readers"[permanent dead link], Charlotte Observer, April 8, 2008.
  11. ^ Don Aucoin, "Globe writer wins Pulitzer Prize for criticism", Boston Globe, April 7, 2008.
  12. ^ "Globe arts writer Feeney wins Pulitzer", The Boston Globe, April 8, 2008
  13. ^ Norris, Floyd (2009-07-09). "At Beazer Homes, It Was See No Evil and Pay No Penalty". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  14. ^ "2008 Gerald Loeb Award Winners Announced by UCLA Anderson School of Management". Fast Company. October 28, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  15. ^ "Observer foreclosure series awarded Loeb". Charlotte Observer. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  16. ^ "📈 Trend Watch: Appelbaum: 'Gaslighting' Not a Word - 11/8/2018 | Merriam-Webster".

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