British academy

BRITISH ACADEMY PRESIDENT’S MEDAL 2011

Awarded to

DR GILLIAN TETT
Assistant Editor, The Financial Times

Gillian Tett is a British author and award-winning journalist at the Financial Times.

Following a PhD in social anthropology at Clare College, Cambridge, Gillian Tett moved to a career in journalism, and joined the Financial Times in 1993.

She is widely credited with having predicted the financial crisis in 2006. She covered the crisis in 2007-09 in an authoritative manner, making a major contribution to public understanding of events through the explanation of financial instruments.

In 2007 Gillian Tett was awarded the Wincott Prize, the premier British award for financial journalism, for her coverage of capital markets. She was named British Business Journalist of the Year in 2008, and in 2009 she was named Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.

Her 2009 book Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe was widely reviewed throughout the English-speaking world and won the Spear’s Book Award for the financial book of 2009.

She is an assistant editor overseeing the Financial Times‘s global financial markets coverage. Since March 2010, she has been U.S. managing editor.