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Peter H. Coy

Peter is Economics Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine in New York City. He began Cornell in 1975 as a three-season, walk-on, junior varsity athlete (cross country, cross-country skiing, and outdoor track) but quickly realized he wasn’t cut out for Division I athletics. College life revolved around the Prospect of Whitby co-op, where he lived for three years, and the Cornell Daily Sun, where he spent uncounted hours for three and a half years, being elected to a one-year term as editor-in-chief in the spring of his junior year.

After graduation, Coy worked for a year and a half for the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican and then nine years for the Associated Press in Albany, Rochester, and New York City. In 1989 he joined BusinessWeek magazine, covering telecommunications, technology, and eventually economics. In 2009 the magazine was bought by Bloomberg LP and became Bloomberg Businessweek. Coy appears on radio and television and is a frequent contributor to cover stories and the Opening Remarks column. This year, he is a finalist in the commentary category of the Loeb Awards.

Coy volunteers as a member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN). He is also treasurer of the Demarest (N.J.) Nature Center, scorekeeper of the Van Cortlandt Track Club, and a member of the employer advisory board of the Grace Institute, which provides free career training to disadvantaged women in New York City. He still enjoys running competitively but has been sidelined recently by a meniscus tear.

He is married to Ariela Keysar, a research professor at Trinity College. They have a son, Ethan, who just finished his freshman year at Northeastern University and is transferring in the fall to Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.