Doug Henwood

Douglas Francis Henwood
Born (1952-12-07) December 7, 1952
Teaneck, New Jersey, USA
Education Yale University
University of Virginia
Occupation Writer
Known for Economic and cultural analysis
Notable work Wall Street: How It Works and for Whom
Spouse(s) Liza Featherstone

Doug Henwood (born December 7, 1952) is an American journalist, economic analyst, and financial trader who writes frequently about economic affairs. He publishes a newsletter, Left Business Observer, that analyzes economics and politics from a left-wing perspective, is co-owner and co-editor, along with Phillipa Dunne, of The Liscio Report, an independent newsletter focusing on macroeconomic analysis, and is a contributing editor at The Nation.

Early years

Henwood was born to Harold and Victorine Henwood in Teaneck, New Jersey and grew up in Westwood. He received a B.A. in English from Yale University in 1975. As a youth Henwood was acquainted with Marxism, but for a period late in high school into his early years at Yale, he identified as a conservative, briefly joining the Party of the Right:[1]

Sometime late in high school, I fell under the spell of Milton Friedman and Bill Buckley, and about the first thing I did when I got to college was join the Party of the Right (POR).

After college Henwood worked as secretary to the chairperson of a small Wall Street brokerage firm headed by a former Bell Labs physicist and which used quantitative analysis techniques in the mid-1970s predating their later flood of adoption on the Street.[2]

From 1976 to 1979 Henwood did graduate work in English at the University of Virginia, concentrating on British and American poetry and on critical theory, but he left before obtaining his doctorate. He then worked for two years as a copywriter and assistant to a medical publisher in New York.[3]


In September 1986 Henwood launched Left Business Observer (LBO) (ISSN 1042-0134).[4] Topics to which he has devoted coverage include:

In 1992 Henwood worked with John Liscio on The Liscio Report on the Economy, a financial advisory agency that publishes proprietary research. The newsletter is widely followed in the investment community. In 2000, after Liscio's death, Henwood and Phillipa Dunne, a business partner, inherited The Liscio Report and continue to publish the newsletter using the research techniques pioneered by their mentor.[5]

Henwood has written three books. His first, The State of the USA Atlas (1994), is a social atlas of the U.S. in the Pluto atlas series. This was followed in 1997 by Wall Street (Verso Books), in which Henwood described the workings of high finance, and then by After the New Economy (New Press, 2003), an analysis of the 1990s boom and bust. Henwood's most recent book is My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency (Seven Stories Press, 2016).

His writing has also appeared in The Nation, Harper's Magazine, Grand Street, Village Voice, Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and Extra!. He is a contributor editor at The Nation.[6] He has been quoted or cited in a range of media including The Asia Times, The New York Times, and The Times of London.


Henwood began hosting Behind the News in 1996. It is a weekly radio show and podcast produced at KPFA and, formerly, WBAI. Henwood had been a regular contributor to Samori Marksman's show, starting in 1989. Behind the News features interviews with activists, intellectuals and academics, preceded by a summary of recent economic headlines.[7] Notable former guests include Noam Chomsky, James K. Galbraith, Christopher Hitchens, Lewis Lapham, George McGovern, Joseph Stiglitz, Gore Vidal, Yanis Varoufakis, and Slavoj Žižek.[8]

On November 11, 2010 Henwood announced that he would be retiring Behind the News in its current form; instead broadcasting from another venue and on his website. This change arose from an interim producer's decision to reschedule Henwood's show to Saturdays and reduce its airtime to twice a month despite Henwood's having raised substantial funds during the network's previous fund drive, conditions that the host found unacceptable.[9]


He is married to journalist Liza Featherstone. They live in Brooklyn with their son, Ivan, born January 2006.


Henwood authored four books and is working on a fifth.[10]


  1. Henwood, Doug (February 7, 2003). "Partying on the Right". The Nation. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  2. Henwood, Doug (1997). Wall Street: How It Works and for Whom. New York: Verso. ISBN 978-0860914952.
  3. Henwood, Doug. "Henwood bio". Left Business Observer. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  4. "About LBO". Left Business Observer. 2001. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  5. "About Us". The Liscio Report on the Economy. TLR Publishing. 2007. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  6. "Doug Henwood". Authors. The Nation. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  7. "Behind the News with Doug Henwood". Programs. KPFA 94.1 FM Berkeley. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  8. "Doug Henwood's radio archives". Left Business Observer. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  9. Henwood, Doug (Nov 11, 2010). "My farewell to Thursdays at 5". LBO News from Doug Henwood. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  10. "Book info". Left Business Observer. Retrieved 2014-05-08.

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