Ben Chu is an experienced journalist, speaker and broadcaster who specialises in economics and current affairs. He is Economics Editor of Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship current affairs nightly TV show.
For nearly a decade, Ben was with the Independent as Economics Editor and before that as Chief Leader writer. He was nominated for ‘Business Journalist of the Year’ at the 2015 British Journalism Awards and for ‘Business Commentator of the Year’ at the 2018 Comment Awards.
He has reported on the economy from the US, China, Taiwan, Germany, France, Switzerland and Ireland. He has covered the global financial crisis, the eurozone emergency, the Brexit fallout and Donald Trump’s trade wars.
His first book, CHINESE WHISPERS: WHY EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT THE WORLD’S MOST POPULOUS NATION IS WRONG, deconstructs seven key myths that underpin the West’s perception of China and was first published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in October 2013. The paperback was published in September 2014. It was nominated for International Affairs Book of the Year at the Paddy Power Political Book Awards in 2014.
Ben lives in Surrey with his wife, daughter and son.