Joe Nocera

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Joseph "Joe" Nocera (born May 6, 1952 in Providence, Rhode Island)[1] is an American business journalist and author. He is a business columnist and an opinion columnist for The New York Times.[2] 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.[2] He is also a business commentator for NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon.

He lives in New York City.

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Nocera's columns in the New York Times offer perspectives on a wide array of current events.[3]


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".[4] This rhetoric was criticized by a number of media outlets.[who?][5][6][7][8] 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.

After comparing Congressional negotiations with "hand-to-hand combat", Nocera concluded the column with "I won't be calling anybody names. That I can promise."[9]


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.

Nocera also won three Gerald Loeb Awards (1993, 1996, 2008) and three John Hancock (1983, 1984, 1991) awards.[1]

He was a 2007 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary.[10]



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