Bethany McLean

Editor, Vanity Fair


Bethany McLean is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.  She graduated from Williams College in 1992 with a double major in math and English.  She spent the next three years working as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs.  In 1995, she joined Fortune Magazine as a reporter, and eventually became an editor-at-large.   Her 2001 piece, "Is Enron Overpriced?" was one of the first skeptical articles about Enron, and after the company collapsed into bankruptcy, she co-authored the "Smartest Guys in the Room:  The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron" with her Fortune colleague Peter Elkind.   A documentary based on the book was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006.   In 2008, McLean joined Vanity Fair.  Her recent book, which she co-authored with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, is "All the Devils are Here:  The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis."   She is also a columnist for Reuters and a contributor to CNBC. 

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