Alexandra Scaggs joined FT Alphaville in June 2016. She previously covered US interest rates for Bloomberg, where she wrote about the Fed’s
first only 2015 rate hike, created some work for lawyers when her story on Treasury auctions was cited in a class-action lawsuit, and also did the occasional broadcasty type of thing.
Before that, she wrote about US equities at the Wall Street Journal and unintentionally specialised in having mild profanities printed in the paper. Her stories have also appeared below gas jokes and a photo of the destruction from Typhoon Haiyan.
She’s excited to have landed a job in a foreign bureau without actually leaving New York. At university she studied religion and French (which seemed impractical) before temporarily switching to economics and business (which only seemed practical until the financial crisis).
She finally settled on journalism, after deciding practicality in her career was never a realistic goal in the first place. Her college coursework led her to stories about a former POW who lived down the road and a distant ancestor who adopted and raised a bear in rural Virginia. She would follow in his footsteps, but raising a bear in Brooklyn is too hipster for her tastes.
Feel free to send her tips, ideas or feedback at email@example.com.