MIT Economics Professor Simon Johnson Named HuffPost Contributing Business Editor

The Huffington Post went back to school to add a contributing business editor, and it chose a pretty prestigious school, at that.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management economics professor Simon Johnson accepted HuffPost’s assignment, and he will write for the site and help to shape its business coverage.

This won’t be Johnson’s first writing rodeo, as he is also a weekly contributor to The New York TimesEconomix, has a monthly column with Project Syndicate that runs in publications globally, and has published opinion pieces in The Atlantic, The New Republic, BusinessWeek, Bloomberg, and The Financial Times.

Johnson served as the International Monetary Fund’s economic counselor (chief economist) and director of its research department from March 2007-August 2008, and he is the co-author, with James Kwak, of 13 Bankers, a blueprint for American fiscal policy, to be published by Pantheon March 30.

HuffPost co-founder and editor in chief Arianna Huffington said:

Simon Johnson is an extraordinary thinker and writer and one of the nation’s most astute, knowledgeable, and prescient observers of the economic scene. We are so pleased that he is joining our business team, bringing his expertise, policy acumen, and vision to our daily business coverage. Given the impact economic policy has on the daily lives of average Americans, it’s critically important for insightful voices and perspectives such as Simon’s to be given as wide a platform as possible.

And Johnson added:

The Huffington Post has become a major platform for the national conversation, bringing attention to the leading issues of the day — in real-time and in a way that allows everyone to contribute to the discussion. HuffPost is at the forefront of a resurgence in journalism that sees issues beyond the tired frame of “right vs. left” and provides news and analysis necessary to help guide genuine economic reform. I’m delighted to be a part of the HuffPost team.