Mary Childs

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  • Financial Journalist
  • Co-Host, NPR's Award-Winning 'Planet Money' Podcast
  • Author of 'The Bond King'
  • 2015 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Honoree



Journalist and author Mary Childs is a co-host for NPR’s award-winning Planet Money podcast known for balancing in-depth analysis of the most pressing financial topics with tenacious clarity, and offering accessible insights and takeaways for individuals and organizations. Previously, Childs worked as a senior reporter for Barron’s magazine, where she covered the alternatives industry, the bond market, and capitalism; a correspondent for the Financial Times; and a contributor to Bloomberg News. Her forthcoming book The Bond King: How One Man Made a Market, Built an Empire, and Lost it All was listed as one of LitHub’s most anticipated of the year. She's reported deeply about the pioneering of new asset classes, proposals to solve inequality, and diversity in the finance industry.

Named a 2015 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Honoree, Childs’s award-winning work has been chosen as The New Yorker’s “Best Business Reporting” and highlighted on The Daily Show. Childs has appeared as a commentator for Bloomberg TV, Fox Business, Yahoo TV, and Nikkei TV, as well as consulting for HBO on a finance-related program. Her writing has appeared in Quartz, The New York Times, and New York Magazine.

 

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Founder-itis: How to Navigate Transitions

Journalist and author Mary Childs of NPR’s Planet Money podcast has reported extensively on leadership transitions at major financial firms and offers key insights to individuals and companies seeking to create a glidepath (instead of an implosion) during times of disruption and change. ...

Journalist and author Mary Childs of NPR’s Planet Money podcast has reported extensively on leadership transitions at major financial firms and offers key insights to individuals and companies seeking to create a glidepath (instead of an implosion) during times of disruption and change.

Detox: The Why and How of Repairing Corporate Culture

Journalist and author Mary Childs of NPR’s Planet Money podcast is known for balancing in-depth analysis with tenacious clarity, invaluable skills when faced with questions about corporate culture. Childs offers accessible insights and takeaways for individuals and organizations about how corporate ...

Journalist and author Mary Childs of NPR’s Planet Money podcast is known for balancing in-depth analysis with tenacious clarity, invaluable skills when faced with questions about corporate culture. Childs offers accessible insights and takeaways for individuals and organizations about how corporate culture impacts the workplace.

The Bond King: Wealth, Fame, Power

Inspired by her highly anticipated book The Bond King, journalist and Planet Money co-host Mary Childs invigorates audiences with the ultimate job interview question: money, fame, or power? Childs outlines the potential pitfalls, traps, and success that are possible when we examine the motivation be ...

Inspired by her highly anticipated book The Bond King, journalist and Planet Money co-host Mary Childs invigorates audiences with the ultimate job interview question: money, fame, or power? Childs outlines the potential pitfalls, traps, and success that are possible when we examine the motivation behind our goals, and how to set them and achieve them.

The Benefit of Benefits

Journalist and author Mary Childs of NPR’s Planet Money podcast, known for balancing in-depth analysis with tenacious clarity, illuminates the challenges and possibilities of developing strong and truly competitive benefits policies, a leading strategy in a tight labor market. Childs offers actionab ...

Journalist and author Mary Childs of NPR’s Planet Money podcast, known for balancing in-depth analysis with tenacious clarity, illuminates the challenges and possibilities of developing strong and truly competitive benefits policies, a leading strategy in a tight labor market. Childs offers actionable ideas on how companies and organizations can spark real change with transparent policies and foster a diverse and equitable workplace.

Sustainable Investing and Long-Term Thinking

Journalist and author Mary Childs of NPR’s Planet Money podcast demystifies the nuanced timelines at play in investing choices, outlines various investment options, and reveals the sociological differences between different investor classes. Childs balances in-depth analysis with tenacious clarity i ...

Journalist and author Mary Childs of NPR’s Planet Money podcast demystifies the nuanced timelines at play in investing choices, outlines various investment options, and reveals the sociological differences between different investor classes. Childs balances in-depth analysis with tenacious clarity in an engaging conversation that will have a major impact on audiences of all kinds.

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Mary Childs is a co-host at NPR’s Planet Money, one of the world’s most popular podcasts. She is the author of forthcoming The Bond King: How One Man Made a Market, Built an Empire, and Lost It All, a deeply reported portrait of the bond market and the dogged visionary who shaped it in his image. The book was listed as one of LitHub’s most anticipated of the year.

She previously was a senior reporter at Barron’s magazine, and a correspondent for the Financial Times. Prior to that she was at Bloomberg News, where she was a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek as well as on Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Radio. Her work has won multiple business-press awards, has been chosen as the New Yorker’s “Best Business Reporting,” and has been highlighted on The Daily Show. She was a 2015 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Honoree.

She has appeared as a commentator on television including Bloomberg TV, Fox Business, Yahoo TV, and Nikkei TV, as well as consulting for HBO on a finance-related show. Her written work has also appeared in Quartz, the New York Times, and New York Magazine.

Before starting her career as a journalist, she spent a year traveling the world painting portraits as a Watson Fellow. She graduated from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, with an honors thesis on the use and significance of sting operations in media in the U.S. and India. She lives in Virginia, with her family.