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Nancy Cook

Economic & Domestic Policy Correspondent

ncook@nationaljournal.com

Nancy Cook covers economic and domestic policy for National Journal and also serves as the lead writer for Next Economy, a joint project of the National Journal and The Atlantic. Prior to this, she covered economic and fiscal policy for National Journal for more than two years, leading the policy coverage of all of D.C.'s major budget battles. She's also worked as a senior editor at Fast Company and a staff writer at Newsweek, based in New York.

She frequently makes television appearances to discuss her reporting, including spots on CNN, MSNBC, PBS's NewsHour, C-SPAN, and various national radio programs. She moderates panels and policy briefings for Atlantic Media and has taught graduate-level courses in journalism at Georgetown University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, her alma mater. She holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and lives in the district with her husband, a political journalist.

Latest From Nancy Cook

The Geography of Debt in the U.S.

Americans along both coasts take on the greatest amount of debt, according to a new study, while Southerners suffer the most from overdue bills.

A Capitalist Argument for Clean Energy

"It's not just a story about clean energy. It's a story about cheaper, cleaner energy, and that has much broader appeal." 

Looking to Fund a Clean Energy Project? You Need a Green Bank.

New state-run investment funds could create a real marketplace for alternative energy projects—and bring down costs for all of us.

The Case for International Institutions

W hat if global powerhouse institutions actually did their jobs pretty well during the Great Recession?

American Kids Are Really Bad at Handling Money

A new report shows U.S. teenagers falling behind peers in China—and raises concerns about their financial futures.

Why Doesn't the Government Track Social Mobility?

Unlike poverty rates, the deficit, and other economic measures, the federal government has no standard way of tracking movement up the income ladder.

Why Our Retirement System Should Be More Like Australia's

More than 90 percent of employed Australians have retirement savings in government-mandated accounts.

Show More from Nancy Cook

The Geography of Debt in the U.S.

Americans along both coasts take on the greatest amount of debt, according to a new study, while Southerners suffer the most from overdue bills.

A Capitalist Argument for Clean Energy

"It's not just a story about clean energy. It's a story about cheaper, cleaner energy, and that has much broader appeal." 

Looking to Fund a Clean Energy Project? You Need a Green Bank.

New state-run investment funds could create a real marketplace for alternative energy projects—and bring down costs for all of us.

The Case for International Institutions

W hat if global powerhouse institutions actually did their jobs pretty well during the Great Recession?

American Kids Are Really Bad at Handling Money

A new report shows U.S. teenagers falling behind peers in China—and raises concerns about their financial futures.

Why Doesn't the Government Track Social Mobility?

Unlike poverty rates, the deficit, and other economic measures, the federal government has no standard way of tracking movement up the income ladder.

Why Our Retirement System Should Be More Like Australia's

More than 90 percent of employed Australians have retirement savings in government-mandated accounts.

Show More from Nancy Cook