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Profile of Dylan Ratigan, MSNBC Economic Journalist


Dylan Ratigan attends the 30th anniversary of People For The American Way Foundation at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 5, 2011
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Dylan Ratigan, MSNBC Economic Journalist:

Dylan Ratigan is the outspoken host of MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show, a program devoted to news and Mr. Ratigan's colorful, left-leaning views on the intersection of U.S. politics and economics.

Energetic, emotional, brilliantly incisive, and occasionally combative, Dylan Ratigan is a long-time vocal advocate for reform of Wall Street, including for greater transparency, more and clearer disclosure, and of practices he regards as corrupt and compensation he describes as greedy and egregiously inequitable. He also expounds passionately on the undue influence of Wall Street money on U.S. politics.

Ratigan first joined MSNBC in June 2009. The Dylan Ratigan Show debuted in January 2010. Before that, the economic journalist garnered ratings and acclaim at CNBC and Bloomberg News.

Dylan Ratigan and the Occupy Wall Street Movement:

In late September 2011, Dylan Ratigan launched a petition drive to Get Money Out of Politics. Ratigan urges, "Bailouts. War. Unemployment. Our government is bought, and we’re angry. Now, we’re turning our anger into positive action. By signing this petition, you are joining our campaign to get money out of politics... We will become an unrelenting, massive organized wave advocating a Constitutional amendment to get money out of politics."

Many regard Dylan Ratigan as a prime instigator and leading media supporter of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Ratigan agrees with the Manifesto of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

On The Dylan Ratigan Show, he has discussed at length both Endorsements for Occupy Wall Street Movement and Republicans Slamming the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

Dylan Ratigan Before MSNBC:

  • 1994 to 1995 - The Portsmouth Herald newspaper in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

  • 1995 to 2003 - Bloomberg News Service, culminating in serving as Global Managing Editor for Corporate Finance. Ratigan was a key leader in helping build Bloomberg News and in establishing Bloomberg Television

  • 2003 to 2009 - CNBC, where he hosted or co-hosted programs as On the Money, The Call, Closing Bell, and created and anchored Fast Money. During this time period, he also contributed to MSNBC's Morning Joe show and hosted a Sunday morning program on WABC Radio.

Personal Data:

  • Birth - April 19, 1972 in Saranac Lake, New York, the only child of John and Adrienne Ratigan. Paternal grandfather Frank Ratigan was then mayor of Saranac Lake. Ratigan's parents divorced when he was very young; he was raised by his mother and her wealthy Long Island parents.

  • Education - Saranec Lake High School, 1990, where he played football. B.A. in political economics, 1994, Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he rowed crew.

    "The first half of my college years were spent drinking and doing any variety of drugs, and the second half was spent driving around crack heads and drunks to A.A. meetings," admitted Ratigan to the New York Times.

  • Family - Engaged twice, but never married. His significant other is Aprille Goodman, a singer, musician and composer

  • Ethnic Heritage - "As Ratigan tells it, he is a combustible mix of hard-drinking, bare-knuckled Irishmen, on his father’s side, and volatile Italians and Hungarian Jews, on his mother’s," per The Daily Beast.

  • Interests - Athletics. "He fishes. He is trained as a glider pilot, has competed in the Baja 1,000, an off-road car race in Mexico, and worked in the pits at the Daytona 500," per the New York Times.

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