Joseph "Joe" Nocera (born May 6, 1952 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American business journalist and author. He is a business columnist and an opinion columnist for The New York Times. Nocera is also a business commentator for NPR’s Weekend Edition.
Nocera earned a B.S. in journalism from Boston University in 1974. In the late 1970s he was an editor at The Washington Monthly. In the 1980s, he was an editor at Newsweek; an executive editor of New England Monthly; and a senior editor at Texas Monthly.
Nocera was the "Profit Motive" columnist at Esquire from 1988 to 1990 and wrote the same column for GQ from 1990 to 1995. He worked at Fortune from 1995 to 2005, in a variety of positions, finally as editorial director.
He became a business columnist for The New York Times in April 2005. In March 2011, Nocera became a regular opinion columnist for The Times's Op-Ed page, writing on Tuesdays and Saturdays. He is also a business commentator for NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon.
He lives in New York City.
In an August 2011 column on the US debt ceiling crisis, Nocera compared "Tea Party Republicans" with terrorists, and wrote that they "have waged jihad on the American people" and suggested that they "can put aside their suicide vests". This rhetoric was criticized by a number of media outlets.[who?] In a follow-up column, Nocera writes "[what] most surprised me is how darned liberal I sound sometimes." He then apologized:
- The words I chose were intemperate and offensive to many, and I've been roundly criticized. I was a hypocrite, the critics said, for using such language when on other occasions I've called for a more civil politics. In the cool light of day, I agree with them. I apologize.
Nocera's 1994 book, A Piece of the Action: How the Middle Class Joined the Money Class, won the New York Public Library's 1995 Helen Bernstein Award for best non-fiction book of the year.
He was a 2007 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary.
- Nocera, Joseph (1994). A Piece of The Action How The Middle Class Joined The Money Class. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0684804352.
- Nocera, Joseph (2008). Good Guys and Bad Guys: Behind the Scenes with the Saints and Scoundrels of American Business (and Everything in Between). Portfolio. ISBN 1591841623.
- Nocera, Joseph; Bethany McLean (2010). All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. New York: Portfolio. ISBN 1591843634.
- "Columnist Biography: Joe Nocera". New York Times. September 16, 2005. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
- Jeremy W. Peters (March 1, 2011). "Frank Rich to Leave The Times for New York Magazine". The New York Times Media Decoder (The New York Times Company). Retrieved March 1, 2011.
- Joe Nocera (2011-08-01). "Tea Party’s War on America". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Allahpundit (2011-08-02). "Jay Carney: No, it’s not appropriate to compare Republicans to terrorists".
- Jonah Goldberg (2011-08-02). "To Hell with You People". National Review.
- Jennifer Rubin (2011-08-03). "New York Times columnist accuses Tea Party of ‘waging jihad’". The Washington Post.
- Peter Suderman (2011-08-02). "Tea Party Terrorists, Satan Sandwiches, Global Salvation, and the Worst Law In History: A Guide to Debt Debate Hyperbole". Reason.
- Joe Nocera (2011-08-05). "The Tea Party, Take Two". The New York Times.
- "Past winners & finalists by category: Commentary". Pulitzer Prize.
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