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After studying Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford, Ben joined The Independent where he became a leader writer and then Economics Editor, before joining Newsnight.


Ben Chu is a journalist, speaker and broadcaster who specialises in economics and current affairs. He is the Economics Editor of Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship current affairs nightly TV show. Previously he was with The Independent as Economics Editor and before that was Chief Leader Writer.

Ben was nominated for business journalist of the year at the British Journalism Awards and for business commentator of the year at the Comment Awards. He has reported from the US, China, Taiwan, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Ireland, and has covered the global financial crisis, the eurozone emergency, the Brexit fallout, and Donald Trump’s trade wars.

He sits on the international advisory board of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) and is a member of the Society of Professional Economists.

Ben’s book Chinese Whispers: Why everything you’ve heard about China is wrong, was nominated for International Affairs Book of the Year at the Paddy Power Political Book Awards.

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