Paul Solman has been business, economics and occasional art correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer since 1985.The founding editor of the alternative Boston weekly The Real Paper, Solman began his career in business journalism as a Nieman Fellow, studying at the Harvard Business school in 1976. He has been the business reporter at WGBH Boston since 1977, was named a member of TV Guide’s “Dream Team” of television reporters, and was the co-originator and executive editor of PBS's business documentary series, Enterprise.
His NewsHour reporting has included a seven-part series on the rise of China, a series on the business response to global warming, and a year-long series, “America’s Response to Globalization,” exploring the global economic challenges facing the United States, including such issues as the manufacturing renaissance in the Midwest, the export revival in California, the alternative energy revolution in Pittsburgh and how to create the next generation of competitive Americans. He's also been explaining hedge funds, the subprime crisis and "moral hazard" at the Fed.
His reporting has won Emmys in every decade since the 70's, including one for his reporting on Microsoft, and two Peabody awards, the most recent in 2004 for his reporting on the under-counting of unemployment. Using every device he can think of — from teaching the tricks of Enron’s “accounting alchemy” with a magic wand and disappearing dollars to explaining earnings growth with tortilla dough — Paul has illuminated hundreds of economics stories on topics both sober (NAFTA, Cuba, Social Security reform) and light (the workings of the circus and the NFL). “What I’m looking for is the most memorable image I can find to beguile audiences and plant the information in their heads,” says Solman. For the NewsHour, he has interviewed heads of state, bialy bakers, CEOs such as Jack Welch, Nobel laureates and inner-city kids performing Shakespeare.
He co-authored a better-than-average-seller, Life and Death on the Corporate Battlefield (1983), which appeared in Japanese, German and a pirated Taiwanese edition. He also helped create, with Morrie Schwartz, and wrote the introduction to, the book Morrie: In His Own Words, which preceded Tuesdays with Morrie.
A one-time cab driver, kindergarten teacher and management consultant, Solman has taught at Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and is also the Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Political Economy at Yale, teaching in the university's "Studies in Grand Strategy" course. He will be a visiting professor at Brandeis University in the fall of 2011.
Solman is married with children, and even grandchildren.