Steven Pearlstein has been a business and economics editor, writer, and columnist for the Washington Post for 30 years. He is also the Clarence Robinson Professor of Public Affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where he teaches popular courses on economic principles, economic policy and politics.

In 2008, Pearlstein won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for columns the previous year anticipating and explaining the recent financial crisis.  He was also awarded the Gerald R. Loeb Lifetime Achievement award for business and financial reporting. He has appeared frequently on national television and radio programs.

Prior to coming to the Post, Pearlstein was a senior editor at Inc. magazine and the founding publisher and editor of the Boston Observer. He previously served as administrative assistant to a member of the U.S. House and Senate and was the elected town moderator of West Newbury, Mass.

Pearlstein grew up in Brookline, Mass. and graduated with honors in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.  He lives in Washington with his wife, Wendy Gray.