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Columnist, The Guardian

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She wrote leaders for the FT and worked at the US Treasury, all before she was 30. Now the BBC's economics editor, Stephanie Flanders, talks to Zoe Williams

It was my original intention to interview Stephanie Flanders as part of a piece entitled Worst-Timed Maternity Leaves Ever, which never got off the ground because I couldn't find anybody else with such apparently career-endingly bad timing. Flanders became economics editor for the BBC in March 2008, having joined Newsnight in 2002. Even that first decision – and Newsnight is considered the spoddy choice for an economics broadcast journalist – was greeted with scepticism among her friends. "They were amused and maybe a little bit intellectually snobby about it when I left the Financial Times for the BBC. And that was Newsnight, where you get six or even 12 minutes to talk about quite difficult subjects." The economics editor's job is rather different, of course, because you have to cover complicated things in two minutes or one, and you have to do it from the minute John Humphrys gets up in the morning until the minute Jeremy Paxman goes to bed, making it both too easy and too hard.

But the main challenge of the job, when Flanders inherited it from Evan Davis, was to get economics stories on to the news at all. Then Flanders went on maternity leave in June. On 15 September, Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the first astonishing casualty of the sub-prime crisis. Robert Peston was so ubiquitous across the BBC that people started talking like him for a laugh. Flanders, whom I meet in a funny glass office at the BBC, like a sort of prison-guard watchtower over the rest of the floor, describes this period with what I come to realise is a very typical, nil desperandum tone of voice: "My daughter was about two months old, and I was saying to friends, 'I've missed it, it's never going to happen again. This was the financial crisis of a lifetime.' Now, at this point, of course I didn't miss anything. That was the big explosion, but it's gone on. The week I went back to work, in January, was the week that we officially went into recession. That was the point at which it felt like this financial event had moved to the real economy, and it became clear that it was a real economic issue."

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Columnist, The Guardian

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Zoe Williams Biography

She wrote leaders for the FT and worked at the US Treasury, all before she was 30. Now the BBC's economics editor, Stephanie Flanders, talks to Zoe Williams

It was my original intention to interview Stephanie Flanders as part of a piece entitled Worst-Timed Maternity Leaves Ever, which never got off the ground because I couldn't find anybody else with such apparently career-endingly bad timing. Flanders became economics editor for the BBC in March 2008, having joined Newsnight in 2002. Even that first decision – and Newsnight is considered the spoddy choice for an economics broadcast journalist – was greeted with scepticism among her friends. "They were amused and maybe a little bit intellectually snobby about it when I left the Financial Times for the BBC. And that was Newsnight, where you get six or even 12 minutes to talk about quite difficult subjects." The economics editor's job is rather different, of course, because you have to cover complicated things in two minutes or one, and you have to do it from the minute John Humphrys gets up in the morning until the minute Jeremy Paxman goes to bed, making it both too easy and too hard.

But the main challenge of the job, when Flanders inherited it from Evan Davis, was to get economics stories on to the news at all. Then Flanders went on maternity leave in June. On 15 September, Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the first astonishing casualty of the sub-prime crisis. Robert Peston was so ubiquitous across the BBC that people started talking like him for a laugh. Flanders, whom I meet in a funny glass office at the BBC, like a sort of prison-guard watchtower over the rest of the floor, describes this period with what I come to realise is a very typical, nil desperandum tone of voice: "My daughter was about two months old, and I was saying to friends, 'I've missed it, it's never going to happen again. This was the financial crisis of a lifetime.' Now, at this point, of course I didn't miss anything. That was the big explosion, but it's gone on. The week I went back to work, in January, was the week that we officially went into recession. That was the point at which it felt like this financial event had moved to the real economy, and it became clear that it was a real economic issue."

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  • How much does it cost to book Zoe Williams?

    Booking fees for Zoe Williams, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Zoe Williams, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Zoe Williams?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Zoe Williams for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Zoe Williams for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Zoe Williams or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Zoe Williams or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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