Peter S. Goodman is a U.S. economics journalist and author. Goodman has worked for the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Huffington Post, and is currently the editor of the International Business Times.
Goodman graduated from Reed College in 1989. His newspaper career started in Kyoto writing for the Japan Times before he became a freelancing Southeast Asia correspondent for a number of newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald and London’s Daily Telegraph. He returned to the US in 1993 writing for the Anchorage Daily News covering among others early on the career of Sarah Palin. After getting a Masters in Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley he came to the Washington Post in 1999. As the Post's economic correspondent he undertook extensive travels to Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, Australia, and Europe. In 2007 he joined the New York Times as a national correspondent and wrote about the financial crisis of 2008. A major contribution, The Reckoning, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and received a Gerald Loeb Award in 2009.
In his book Past Due Goodman analyzes the lot of the U.S. worker who finds that his/her financial situation has not been improved over the last 15 years, namely “(b)y the fall of 2008, most American workers were bringing home roughly the same weekly wages they had earned in 1983, after accounting for inflation."
His move from a respected position at a major traditional newspaper to the web-based Huffington Post was noted. Howard Kurtz wrote that Goodman indicated that at the N.Y. Times he found himself engaged in "almost a process of laundering my own views, through the tried-and-true technique of dinging someone at some think tank to say what you want to tell the reader." Goodman gained attention in 2013 when he was one of the sole defenders of the IRS policy of targeting conservative groups during the previous presidential election.
- Goodman, PS: Past Due: The End of Easy Money and the Renewal of the American Economy (Times Books, 2009), selected as an Editor’s Choice title by the New York Times Book Review and as one of Bloomberg’s Top 50 Business Books.