MERRILL GOOZNER is the senior correspondent for The Fiscal Times in Washington, D.C. He has logged more than 25 years in the news business as a foreign correspondent, economics writer and investigative reporter for numerous publications, with the bulk of his career spent with the Chicago Tribune. He reported from over a dozen countries while posted in Chicago, Tokyo, New York and Washington. His jobs included Chief Asia Correspondent (1991-95), New York Financial Correspondent (1996-1998) and Chief Economics Correspondent (1998-2000).
Like Benjamin Franklin, he spent his early years in the business in the printing trade. His freelance writing in recent years has appeared in numerous national publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, The Scientist, Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation, The American Prospect, Washington Monthly and specialty health care publications. He’s won six Peter Lisagor awards; a Michigan Journalism Fellowship (1995-96); and a Kaiser Media Fellowship (2001-02), and in 2008 was named a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences.
In April 2004, the University of California Press published his first book, “The $800 Million Pill: The Truth Behind the Cost of New Drugs,” an exposé of the pharmaceutical industry’s research and development practices. Goozner left daily journalism in June 2000 to teach journalism at New York University. From December 2003 to March 2009, he directed the Integrity in Science project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. He spent two years as a freelance writer and independent researcher and consultant based before joining The Fiscal Times in November 2010.
He and Karen Bachner are the proud parents of Zoe, who is in high school in Silver Spring, MD and recently performed the role of Alice in the fall 2009 production of “You Can’t Take It With You.” Daughter Rebecca (by his first marriage) is married to Chris. They live in Naperville, Illinois and have blessed him with two grandchildren, Rachel and Sarah. Son Thad lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, Tina Binkley. Like his father, Thad is obsessed with games, only his isn’t golf.