NEW YORK — Bloomberg View today announced that Megan McArdle will join the opinion and analysis platform as a columnist covering the economy, business, politics and national affairs.

“Megan is an extraordinary writer and thinker,” said David Shipley, Executive Editor of Bloomberg View. “Few people have done a better job chronicling the economic, corporate and technological disruptions of the last decade. She’s going to make a lot of readers — those who have followed her for years and those who will discover her at Bloomberg — smarter and happier. We’re thrilled that she’s joining the team.”

McArdle is a Washington DC based writer and blogger. She has been covering economics and public policy since 2001, when she launched “Live From the WTC” from a construction trailer at the Ground Zero disaster recovery site. In 2003, she joined the staff of the Economist as Deputy Countries Editor for the website. She spent four years at the Economist in various positions, and launched its first blog, “Free Exchange.”

In 2007, she left the Economist for The Atlantic, where she spent five years writing about the intersection of economics, business, and Washington politics. During that time, she helped launch Atlantic.com’s business vertical. For three years, she was also the magazine’s business columnist. She left the Atlantic in 2012 to join the staff of Newsweek.

For two years, Ms McArdle was also a Bernard L. Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation, where she did the research for her forthcoming book on how failure is the key to success. The Up Side of Down will be published by Viking in February 2014.

Ms. McArdle has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She lives in Northeast Washington with her husband, Peter, and a bullmastiff named Fitzgerald.

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