Allan Sloan, a ProPublica editor at large and a Washington Post columnist, has been writing about business for almost 50 years. He has won seven Loeb Awards, business journalism’s highest honor, in four different categories (including lifetime achievement) in four different decades for five different employees.
Allan, who calls himself “a recovering English major” was a straight-A student in college economics (he took just one course), specializes in explaining complicated things in simple ways. For example, he compared Wall Street geniuses who sliced mortgage securities into complicated pieces with Tyson Foods selling chicken parts.
Allan has worked at the Charlotte Observer, the Detroit Free Press, Forbes (twice), Money magazine, Newsday (twice), Newsweek and Fortune. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College, and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He attended the Seminary College of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America for two years while he was at Brooklyn College, but has no degree.