Paul Solman (born 1944) is a journalist who has specialized in economics since the 1970s. He has been the business and economics correspondent for the PBS NewsHour since 1985, with occasional forays into art reporting.
Solman in 2009
|Field||Economics, Journalism, Business|
|Alma mater||Brandeis University|
He began his career in business journalism as a Nieman Fellow, studying at the Harvard Business School. A graduate of Brandeis University (1966), he was the founding editor of the alternative Boston weekly The Real Paper in 1972. He was the East Coast Editor of Mother Jones magazine in the late 1970s. He has won eight Emmys, two Peabody's, and a Loeb award. Solman also taught at the Harvard Business School from 1985-1987. He joined the PBS NewsHour, then known as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, in 1985.
In 2007, he became a faculty member at Yale University's International Security Studies program, teaching in its "Grand Strategy" course. He has also lectured for many years at the Yale Young Global Scholars  program, the Warrior-Scholar program  at Yale, West Point, and was the Richman Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brandeis in 2011. He has also taught economics at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut, where he founded the Yale@Gateway speaker series.
Solman co-produced, with Bob Burns, and presented a series of companion videos to McGraw-Hill economics textbooks. In 1983, he co-authored, with longtime PBS executive and writer Thomas Friedman, a better-than-average-seller, Life and Death on the Corporate Battlefield (1983), which appeared in Japanese, German and a pirated Taiwanese edition.
In 1994, with sociologist Morrie Schwartz, he helped create—and wrote the introduction to—the book Morrie: In His Own Words, which preceded "Tuesdays with Morrie" but failed to outsell it by several orders of magnitude. His latest book, a collaboration with economist Laurence Kotlikoff and author Philip Moeller, is Get What's Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security (Simon and Schuster, 2015). The book was reissued in May 2016 due to changes in Social Security regulations.
Solman is married to Jan Freeman, for many years the language columnist for the Boston Globe, who blogs at throwgrammarfromthetrain.blogspot.com, tweets @Jan__Freeman, and is the author of Ambrose Bierce's Write It Right: The Celebrated Cynic's Language Peeves Deciphered, Appraised, and Annotated for 21st-Century Readers (Walker Publishing Company, 2009). His father, Joseph Solman, was a painter and co-founder of The Ten art movement.
He has two grown daughters and seven grandchildren.
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