Kirstin Downey finished a biography of Queen Isabella of Castile, that will be released by Random House on October 28, 2014. She also serves as editor of FTC:WATCH, a book that follows the Justice Department's antitrust division and the Federal Trade Commission. She was employed as investigator and a writer for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, whose report proved to be a New York Times bestseller. She wrote the book's first chapter, which detailed the warnings that were issued to government officials and company executives regarding the looming problems in the mortgage marketplace, but which were ignored. Ms. Downey is also the writer of "The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins," that was printed in 2009, also has been named one of the greatest biographies of the year from the American Library Association, Library of Congress along with the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Ms. Downey was a reporter for The Washington Post from 1988 to 2008, winning press association awards for his own business and economic reporting. She shared in the 2008 Pulitzer Prize awarded for the coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings to the Post staff. In 2000, she has been awarded a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
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