Heather Timmons

Heather Timmons is the Asia Correspondent for Quartz, based in Hong Kong, where she writes about everything from ramen to derivatives to censorship. Previously she spent 10 years with The New York Times in London and New Delhi, where she covered finance and markets and the Indian economy. She co-founded and ran India Ink, the NYT's first-ever country specific news journal, which provides in-depth news and analysis of the world’s largest democracy and of India’s global diaspora. Before the Times, Heather was the banking editor at BusinessWeek in New York, where she covered the perils of the big bank business model and the danger of banks’ expansion into risky lending, corruption on Wall Street, and a post-9/11 city. She began writing about banking and finance as a reporter with the Daily Deal and American Banker.
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As Investigations Rock the Trump Administration, Government Employees Are Lawyering Up

May 26, 2017 U.S. president Donald Trump has retained an attorney to represent him in the various ongoing probes into his campaign’s possible ties with Russia—Marc Kasowitz, a long-time advisor with little political experience and ties to a Russian bank. But Trump isn’t the only one lawyering up. Washington, DC law firms say...

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Trump White House Intern?

May 22, 2017 The Trump administration is now accepting applications for its first round of interns, who will start on Sept. 6 and work until Dec. 6. The full-time positions are open to college students, college graduates, or military veterans age 18 or over, as long as they are willing to work from...

Charted: Trump’s 'America First' Budget Looks Nothing Like What the Government Will Do In 2017

May 3, 2017 U.S. budget director Mick Mulvaney took to the podium at the White House press room on Tuesday with one message: President Donald Trump, and not the Democratic party, is the clear winner of the federal spending bill Congress crafted over the weekend—even though it bears little resemblance to Trump’s proposed...

Analysis: It's a Mistake to Call Donald Trump’s First 100 Days Unproductive

April 28, 2017 Okay, so Donald Trump has not managed to build the border wall, repeal Obamacare, or reform the U.S. tax system in his first 100 days in office. But to call the beginning of his presidency unproductive would be a mistake. Unlike previous presidents, historians and political observers say, Trump’s biggest...

Donald Trump Doesn't Want You to Know Who Visits the White House

April 11, 2017 The White House’s “visitor logs” were made public for the first time in history in 2009 by then-president Barack Obama, reversing the policy of his predecessor George W. Bush, who fought battles in court to keep the information private. The Trump administration appears to be going in the opposite direction,...

Trump Created a Makeshift Situation Room at Mar-a-Lago for a Briefing on the Syria Bombing

April 7, 2017 The White House has released an April 6 photograph of president Donald Trump and his team, gathered at his private club in Florida, being briefed on the airstrikes launched against Syria. The shot is likely to raise more questions about security at Mar-a-Lago, the seaside resort that Trump has visited...

How a Florida Police Chief Broke Major U.S. Diplomatic News

March 28, 2017 Chinese president Xi Jinping will travel to Florida in early April to meet his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump. The announcement of the date of the first summit between the presidents of the world’s two biggest economies came not from the White House or from Beijing but from Sean Scheller, the...

A Meeting Between the World's Two Most Powerful Leaders Was Announced By a Local Police Chief

March 28, 2017 Chinese president Xi Jinping will travel to Florida in early April to meet his US counterpart, Donald Trump. The announcement of the date of the first summit between the presidents of the world’s two biggest economies came not from the White House or from Beijing but from Sean Scheller, the...

Charted: Donald Trump’s Recent Flurry of Phone Calls With World Leaders

February 2, 2017 President Donald Trump held a flurry of phone calls with other world leaders in his second weekend in office—some of them much longer than others. His call with the U.S.’s closest ally among them, Australia, was unceremoniously cut short after he told prime minister Malcolm Turnbull that an agreement reached...

The U.S.'s Top Immigration Official Was Removed From His Job Late Monday Night

January 31, 2017 The U.S.’s top immigration enforcement official was abruptly removed from his job late on Monday night (Jan. 30) and replaced with an official who most recently led the agency’s efforts to “identify, arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens.” Daniel Ragsdale, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was replaced...

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