West Coast Editor, The Economist
About the Speaker
Chief for The Economist magazine and is in a unique position to understand how Americans think and react. Over the course of his twenty-two career at The Economist, he’s been reporting on the United States to European and worldwide audiences.
Over the course of his career with The Economist, John has worked in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brussels, Washington D.C., Paris and now Los Angeles. Andrews began his career with the magazine as industry editor, responsible for the magazine’s coverage of such stories as airline and telecomm deregulation in the U.S., privatization in Thatcher’s Britain, the events of Tiananmen Square, the expansion of the European Union, and the Clinton Administration in the United States. Before joining The Economist, Andrews spent six years with The Guardian and led the paper’s coverage of OPEC from its 1979-82 hey day. A graduate of Cambridge University in classical and modern Arabic, he went to The Guardian after living for seven years in the Arab world, first as an academic and then as a journalist. Working for NBC News, he covered the Middle East peace-shuttle of Henry Kissinger and the first year of the Lebanese civil war. He has interviewed such leading personalities as Muammar Gadhafy, Yasser Arafat and Ezer Weitzman. He has also written two books on Asia, co-authored a book on Europe and contributed chapters to other books.