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Jeff Guo

Host and Reporter, Planet Money

Jeff Guo is an economics reporter and lawyer. He holds bachelor's degrees in math and economics from MIT and a J.D. from Yale. In his first job out of college, Guo analyzed data and wrote mathematical proofs as a research assistant for a Nobel Prize-winning economist. After that, he was a reporter-researcher for The New Republic, where he published an investigative feature about a dark-money battle over charter schools in Tennessee. In 2014 he joined The Washington Post as an economics and policy reporter. At the Post, he frequently wrote data-driven stories about economic disparities across race, gender, and geography. In 2016, he was the first to point out the correlation between Trump support in the primaries and death rates among white Americans. His stories for the Post's Wonkblog vertical regularly attracted millions of readers by breaking down complicated ideas in fun, accessible — and viral — ways. During law school, Guo was a student director of the Yale Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, where he worked on FOIA lawsuits and helped draft Supreme Court amicus briefs on First Amendment issues. Most recently, Jeff served as NPR's inaugural Ishiyama Transparency in Government legal fellow, where he helped the newsroom draft FOIA requests and launch lawsuits over them. He's from Maryland.