Steven Pearlstein

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Steven Pearlstein
Steven Pearlstein at the 2019 National Book Festival.jpg
Steven Pearlstein at the 2019 National Book Festival
EducationTrinity College
SpouseWendy Gray

Steven Pearlstein is an American columnist who wrote on business and the economy in a column published twice weekly in The Washington Post. His tenure at the WaPo ended on March 3, 2021. Pearlstein received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for "his insightful columns that explore the nation's complex economic ills with masterful clarity" at The Washington Post. In the fall of 2011, he became the Robinson Professor of Political and International Affairs at George Mason University.[1][2]


Pearlstein was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, and graduated from Trinity College in 1973.


He started out in journalism at the Concord Monitor and the Foster's Daily Democrat, in New Hampshire. He was the founding publisher and editor of The Boston Observer, a monthly journal of liberal opinion, and was a senior editor at Inc. magazine for two years. Pearlstein then joined The Washington Post, where he has served as deputy business editor.[citation needed]

Pearlstein worked as a television news reporter at Boston’s public television station, WGBH-TV. During the late 1970s, he served as administrative assistant to U.S. Senator John A. Durkin and U.S. Representative Michael J. Harrington and was elected to the position of town moderator in West Newbury, Massachusetts.

He shared the 2006 Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary,[3] and received the Gerald Loeb Lifetime Award in 2011.[4]

In 2018, he published a work of nonfiction, Can American Capitalism Survive?: Why Greed Is Not Good, Opportunity Is Not Equal, and Fairness Won't Make Us Poor.

Personal life[edit]

As of 2008 he lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Wendy Gray, and two children.[5][6]

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  1. ^ 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners,; accessed December 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Pérez-Peña, Richard (April 8, 2008). "Washington Post Wins Six Pulitzers". The New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  3. ^ Lowe, Mary Ann (June 27, 2006). "2006 Gerald Loeb Award Winners Announced by UCLA Anderson School of Management". UCLA. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 28, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  5. ^ UCLA Anderson School of Management Archived 2006-08-30 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed December 21, 2016.
  6. ^ FDIC 2006 Economic Outlook Roundtable: Scenarios for the Next U.S. Recession,; accessed December 21, 2016.

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