Sylvia Nasar Biography
Sylvia Nasar was born in Bavaria on August 17, 1947 to a German mother and Uzbek father. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1951 and lived in New York and Washington, D.C. before moving to Ankara, Turkey in 1960. In 1965, she returned to the U.S. on her own and attended Antioch College where she majored in literature. She also spent a year at the University of Munich. After working for several years, she entered the Ph.D. program in economics at New York University, completing a masters degree in 1976. For four years, she did research with Nobel Laureate Wassily Leontief at the Institute for Economic Analysis. At 35, Nasar became a journalist. Since 1983, she has been a writer at Fortune, a columnist at U.S. News & World Report and, until recently, a reporter at The New York Times where she covered economics. She is currently the Knight Chair in Business Journalism at Columbia University. She and her husband, noted economist Darryl McLeod, have three children. They live in Tarrytown, New York.
This biography was last updated on 06/23/2009.
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