NEIL IRWIN, is a senior economic correspondent for The Upshot at the New York Times and author of "The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire." He was previously a columnist at The Washington Post and economics editor of Wonkblog, the Post’s policy analysis site. Irwin covered economics and the Federal Reserve for The Post from 2007 to 2012, where he led coverage of the 2007 to 2009 financial crisis, recession and government response. As a reporter at the Post starting in 2000, he also covered topics including the Washington regional economy, economic development and Internet companies. Irwin often appears on television to analyze economic and financial topics, including on the PBS Newshour, CNBC, and MSNBC.