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Robert Jacob Samuelson (born December 23, 1945) is a columnist for , where he has written about business and economic issues since 1977, and is syndicated by the The Washington Post Washington Post Writers Group. He was a columnist for Newsweek magazine from 1984 to 2011. Because he writes on economic issues, he is sometimes confused with Nobel laureate in Economics Paul Samuelson, who also wrote for Newsweek, but he is not related.
He began his career in journalism as a reporter on the business desk of
in 1969. He left the paper to become a freelancer in 1973. His work has appeared in The Washington Post , The Sunday Times and the The New Republic . He joined the Columbia Journalism Review in 1976, where he wrote the "Economic Focus" column. He was a contributing editor there from 1981 to 1984, when he left to write for National Journal Newsweek. [1 ]
Samuelson was born in
New York City and raised in nearby White Plains, New York. He received his bachelor's degree in 1967 from [2 ] Harvard University, where he majored in government. He lives in [3 ] Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife. They have one daughter and two sons. He has written three books. [1 ]
Samuelson does not vote in any elections as he believes that voting interferes with his impartiality as a journalist.
[4 ] Journalism awards [edit ]
Samuelson has received:
[1 ] 1993 John Hancock Award for Best Business and Financial Columnist National Headliner Award for Feature Column on a Single Subject in both 1992 and 1993; another in 1987 for Best Special Interest Column Gerald Loeb Awards for Commentary in 1993, 1986 and 1983; Loeb finalist in 1988 for his columns on the October 1987 Wall Street crash An Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1982 to research and write about the changes in the U.S. economy since World War II. [5 ] 1981 National Magazine Award Books by Samuelson [edit ] The Good Life and Its Discontents: The American Dream in the Age of Entitlement, (Random House: 1995) 368 pages, ISBN 0-8129-2592-0 Untruth: Why the Conventional Wisdom Is (Almost Always) Wrong, (Random House: 2001) 304 pages ISBN 978-0-8129-9164-2 (trade paperback edition) The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath: The Past and Future of American Affluence, (Random House: 2008) 336 pages ISBN 978-0-375-50548-5 Notes [edit ] ^ a b c " Newsweek: Robert Samuelson: Contributing Editor: Newsweek", MSBNC, May 14, 2004. Accessed September 23, 2006. ^ " Robert J. Samuelson", The Washington Post. Accessed September 24, 2006. ^ " Robert J. Samuelson", "The Business News Luminaries" website of the "TJFR Group". Accessed September 23, 2006. ^ Samuelson, Robert J. and Lamb, Brian (2010-12-22). (Television production). Washington, D.C. United States: National Cable Satellite Corporation. Q&A: Robert Samuelson ^ Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship External links [edit ]