Dylan Ratigan '94, Robert Cox next featured guests in Alumni Speaker Series

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Leading journalists and political commentators Dylan Ratigan ’94 and Robert Cox will be on campus Tuesday, Oct. 3 as part of the Alumni Speaker Series. They will discuss their careers at 5 p.m. in Reamer Auditorium.

A strong voice for economic justice, Ratigan is the former global managing editor for corporate finance at Bloomberg News. He has developed more than half a dozen broadcast and new media properties, including CNBC’s “Fast Money” and “Closing Bell.” Outraged over the government’s handling of the 2008 financial crisis, he left as host of “Fast Money” in 2009. Following his departure, he hosted “The Dylan Ratigan Show” on MSNBC, and in 2012, he delivered Union’s Commencement address.

Now chief skeptic at Tastytrade and advisor to Cyndx, he is also partner and co-founder of a Louisiana-based manufacturer that integrates systems to grow food, purify water, produce solar electricity, establish wireless connectivity, create jobs and provide essential community services. This venture was inspired by U.S. combat veterans who described plug and play integration of housing, food, power and water systems as fundamental to global security.

Author of New York Times best-seller Greedy Bastards, Ratigan speaks out daily for transparency and advocates for student-debt reform, veteran employment, food and water security, drug decriminalization and fair economic opportunity.

He honed his craft and his passion for these issues, in part, with Cox.

One of Ratigan’s first mentors, Cox helped found Breakingviews.com in 2000 in London. The Reuters site delivers agenda-setting financial insight, commenting daily on important financial stories as they break in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

From 2004, Cox spearheaded the site’s expansion in the United States and edited daily Breakingviews columns in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has worked as a financial journalist in London, Milan, New York, Washington, Chicago and Tokyo.

Cox was named editor-in-chief of Breakingviews in December 2012, three years after it was acquired by Thomson Reuters. Cox, father of Sam Cox ’20, graduated from Columbia University’s Journalism School and the University of Vermont.