HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Chris Farrell

Contributing Economics Editor at BusinessWeek and Chief Economics Correspondent for American Radio


  • The Innovation Economy
  • The Specter of Deflation
  • Will Baby Boomers Bust The Economy?
  • Taking Control of Your Personal Finances



Chris Farrell, nationally recognized business journalist and financial expert, is the author of Deflation: What Happens When Prices Fall.

Farrell has been coaching consumers on economics and personal finance for more than two decades as the economics editor for and co-host of Minnesota Public Radio’s Marketplace Money. The one-hour weekly personal finance call-in radio show is produced by Marketplace and syndicated nationally by American Public Media. Farrell can also be heard each week on Marketplace Morning Report, commenting on notable financial stories.

He is contributing economics editor of BusinessWeek, for whom he also writes a monthly online column. For five years he was host and co-executive editor of Right on the Money! a nationally syndicated 26-episode half hour program that was seen on over 160 public television stations.

Farrell is chief economics correspondent for American Radio Works (ARW), public radio’s largest national documentary unit. He has created several hour-long radio documentaries for ARW, includingThe World Turned Upside Down, a look at the end of inflation, Make Change, Not Money, an examination of the growing economic influence of the non-profit sector, and Global 3.0, an introduction to the global economy.

His first book, Right On the Money: A Personal Finance Book, was published in 2000.

After earning his B.A. from Stanford, Farrell went on to receive a Master’s from the London School of Economics. He began his television career as a reporter and finance editor at Business Times, a pioneering business news broadcast carried nationwide on ESPN.

For his extensive work in journalism and broadcasting, Farrell has earned numerous awards. He received the 1999 and 2000 Gerald Loeb Award in business journalism for two radio documentaries,The World Turned Upside Down and Minnesota in the Dot.com Age.

He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.