In 2015, a 172-year-old tradition ended. There weren’t fireworks or parades or any days off from school. But it was a memorable occasion. In February, 2015, Zanny Minton Beddoes became Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, a weekly publication that covers economics, world trade, immigration, and other major international issues.
Zanny Minton Beddoes is The Economist’s first female editor-in-chief, the first since the magazine began publishing in 1843. And while many famous newspapers and magazines have women reporters and editors, very few have a woman in charge of the whole publication.
Ms. Minton Beddoes is an expert on financial issues. She has degrees from Oxford and Harvard universities, and has written many articles about the world economy and global finance. She’s been working for The Economist since 1994, and has been a frequent television and radio guest on several United States networks. Before she became Editor-in-Chief, she was Business Affairs editor, in charge of covering business, finance, and science stories.
She plans to guide her newspaper (even though it’s printed as a magazine, The Economist has always called itself a newspaper) and its 1.6 million subscribers through today’s many publishing challenges—print editions, digital editions, mobile apps, social media, and whatever will be new and important five years from now.
And yes, you can follow her on Twitter!
Mira interview The Economist Editor-in-Chief Zanny Minton Beddoes at the London offices of The Economist.