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Robert Kuttner
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Robert Kuttner in April 2009
Born New York City, New York, U.S.
Education Oberlin College (1965)
University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Journalist, Writer, Economist
Notable credit(s) Squandering of America
Everything for Sale
Official website

Robert Kuttner is an American journalist, writer, and economist. Kuttner is the co-founder and current co-editor of The American Prospect, which was created in 1990 as "an authoritative magazine of liberal ideas," according to its mission statement. He was a twenty year columnist for Business Week and continues to write columns in The Boston Globe.[1]

He is also one of five co-founders of the Economic Policy Institute, and currently serves on its board of directors. In 2007, Kuttner joined the non-partisan public policy center Demos as a Distinguished Senior Fellow.



Robert Kuttner attended Oberlin College, the University of California, Berkeley, and the London School of Economics.

At different times throughout his career he has taught at Brandeis, Boston University, UMass, and Harvard's Institute of Politics. He has also been a John F. Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UC-Berkeley, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Radcliffe Public Policy Fellow.

He holds an honorary degree from Swarthmore College.

Writer and editor

Kuttner has had an extensive career as a writer and editor at various national publications.

In addition to his early work at Pacifica Radio, including a stint as general manager of WBAI-FM in New York, he has served as Washington Editor of the Village Voice, economics editor at The New Republic, and was a member of the national staff at the Washington Post. Between 1984 and 2005 he was one of five columnists for the "Economic Viewpoint" section (also titled "Economic Watch") of BusinessWeek. He has been a columnist in the Boston Globe since 1985.


Robert Kuttner is author of several books dealing with economic and labor theory, as well as his political support for the revival of a robust labor-left agenda, including Everything For Sale: The Virtues and Limits of Markets, The End of Laissez-Faire, The Life of the Party, and The Squandering of America: How the Failure of Our Politics Undermines Our Prosperity (Knopf, 2007).

His most recent book, Obama's Challenge: America's Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency, presents a vision of Barack Obama's opportunity to transform American politics.[1]


Kuttner has appeared as a commentator -- usually offering a liberal counterpoint -- on numerous public affairs and debate programs, including National Public Radio, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Firing Line, Debates-Debates, Crossfire, and NOW on PBS [2].

Government service

In addition to being a pundit, Kuttner has served in several capacities within the federal government, including as an investigator for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, as well as serving as Executive Director of former President Carter's National Commission on Neighborhoods.


Robert Kuttner has been recognized by various organizations for his career as a journalist. These honors include the Sidney Hillman Award, which he won twice, for his 1997 book Everything For Sale, and in 2008 for "Obama's Challenge."

He has also been the recipient of the Paul Hoffman Award for Human Development of the United Nations, the Jack London Award for labor journalism, and the John Hancock Award "for excellence in business and financial journalism."


Kuttner's wife Joan Fitzgerald is the Director of the Law, Policy and Society Program at Northeastern University in Boston. His former wife, the late Sharland Grace Trotter, was a psychotherapist and author. His daughter Jessica is a clinical social worker currently living in western Massachusetts and his son Gabriel is a stage actor and director in Boston.[1]


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