Alan Rappeport

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  • Studentship: London School of Economics, 2005-06
  • Internship: The Economist, 2006

I first learned of the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation in 2005 while on a 20-hour rickety bus ride through Burma with only The Economist to read. I spotted the foundation’s advertisement deep in the back pages and was soon on my way to becoming a financial journalist.

The foundation sponsored my master’s degree at the London School of Economics and that summer I was selected as an intern at The Economist. The experiences gave me a great combination of academic training and the experience of working under the guidance of brilliant journalists.

I fondly remember having the chance to chat with Marjorie at The Economist’s summer party, when she told me I should be off talking to “more important people”. In fact, she and her foundation have had the most important impact on my career.

Since my stint at The Economist, I went on to work for CFO magazine. I am now a reporter at the Financial Times in New York, where I write about business and economics.

[January 2009]