Jared Bernstein and Nancy Cleeland

Jared Bernstein joined the Economic Policy Institute in 1992. He is the author of the book, All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economy. His areas of research include income inequality and mobility, trends in employment and earnings, low-wage labor markets and poverty, international comparisons, and the analysis of federal and state economic policies. Between 1995 and 1996, he held the post of deputy chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. He is the co-author of eight editions of the book, The State of Working America, and has published extensively in popular and academic venues, including The New York Times, Washington Post, American Prospect, and Research in Economics and Statistics.

Nancy Cleeland is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with extensive background in labor, immigration and international trade. She left the newspaper business in the summer of 2007, and now writes for the Washington D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on working people in the United States and around the world. During a decade at the Los Angeles Times, Cleeland covered major labor disputes, including a port shutdown and several regional strikes, and exposed harsh conditions faced by immigrant workers. She was a lead writer on a 2004 series about Wal-Mart's labor policies and sourcing practices that won the Pulitzer and Polk awards. Prior to Los Angeles, she was based in Mexico City as bureau chief for Copley News Service. Cleeland can be reached at ncleeland@epi.org.