Paul Solman (born September 9, 1944) is a journalist who has specialized in economics, business, and politics since the early 1970s. He has been the business and economics correspondent for the PBS NewsHour since 1985, with occasional forays into art reporting.[1]

Paul Solman
Paul Solman in 2009.jpg
Solman in 2009
BornSeptember 9, 1944
InstitutionPBS NewsHour
FieldEconomics, Journalism, Business
Alma materBrandeis 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, three Peabodys, and a Loeb award and, improbably, a James Beard award (though not for any cuisine art). Solman also taught at the Harvard Business School from 1985 to 1987. He joined the PBS NewsHour, then known as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, in 1985.[2]

From 2007 to 2016, he was a faculty member at Yale University's International Security Studies program, teaching in its "Grand Strategy" course.[3] He also lectured for years at the Yale Young Global Scholars [4] program, the Warrior-Scholar program [5] at Yale, has taught at West Point, among many universities, and was the Richman Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brandeis in 2011.[6] He has also taught economics at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut, where he founded the Yale@Gateway speaker series. In 2016, he was visiting fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford University.

Solman co-produced, with Bob Burns, and presented a series of companion videos to McGraw-Hill economics textbooks.[7] 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),[8] 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.[6] His latest book, a collaboration with economist Laurence Kotlikoff and author Philip Moeller, is a bonafide bestseller, 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.[9]

In 2018, he created, with his former Yale student David McCullough and longtime Harvard professor Robert Glauber, former Republican Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, "The American Exchange Project" The American Exchange Project is a nonpolitical nonprofit social innovation initiative which recruits high school seniors from everywhere in the country and gets them to both host seniors from elsewhere in their own community for a week in the summer after graduation and sends them to a community very different from their own for a week, all for free. Solman is president of the board and an active recruiter of communities in every nook and cranny of America.

Personal lifeEdit

Solman is married to Jan Freeman, a former language columnist for the Boston Globe. His father, Joseph Solman, was a painter and co-founder of The Ten art movement.[10]

He has two grown daughters and seven grandchildren.

Awards (partial)Edit

  • Emmys (1978, 1982, 1984 (2), 1998, 2005, 2007, 2009)
  • Peabody Awards (1987, 2004, 2019, 2020)
  • 2006 Gerald Loeb Award for Television Enterprise business journalism for "China Rising"[11]
  • James Beard Award (2018)


  1. ^ PBS. "Paul Solman, PBS Author" Retrieved on July 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Joanne Kaufman (September 23, 2008). "His Pie Charts Bear Real Fruit: Making Economics Accessible". The Wall Street Journal.
  3. ^ Yale IIS. "Yale International Security Studies Faculty and Staff" Retrieved on July 13, 2014.
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  6. ^ a b "Paul Solman". Business Insider.
  7. ^ "Whatever Happened to 'Discover Economics with Paul Solman'?". PBS NewsHour. August 30, 2012.
  8. ^ Schreiber, Le Anne (January 3, 1983). "Books of the Times: Life and Death on the Corporate Battlefield". The New York Times. p. C17. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  9. ^ Kotlikoff, Laurence; Moeller, Philip; Solman, Paul (2015). Get What's Yours. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781476772318.
  10. ^ Feeney, Mark (April 18, 2008). "Joseph Solman, preeminent painter at crossroads of 20th-century American art". The Boston Globe.
  11. ^ Lowe, Mary Ann (June 27, 2006). "2006 Gerald Loeb Award Winners Announced by UCLA Anderson School of Management". UCLA. Archived from the original on February 2, 2019. Retrieved February 1, 2019.

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