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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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...

Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze May Kill Hundreds of Jobs for Nurses, Scientists and Engineers

January 24, 2017 On his first full day in office, US president Donald Trump announced a hiring freeze for the executive branch—outside of military personnel, national security, and public safety positions—and pledged to reduce the size of the federal government through workforce attrition. The federal government is the largest employer in the US,...

In a Memo, the U.S. Ethics Chief Reminds 'Everyone' in the Executive Branch What Ethics Are

January 17, 2017 Walter Shaub, the director of the US Office of Government Ethics, which has emerged as an unexpected hurdle to Donald Trump’s plan to keep his business while president, published a “director’s note” on Friday. It doesn’t name Trump, but seems clearly aimed at him. Shaub’s note, the first director’s note...

How Not to Get Hacked by Russians (or Anyone Else): Lessons From the DNC’s Disastrous Cyber Strategy

December 15, 2016 The US FBI told the Democratic National Committee in September of 2015 that its computer network had been breached by hackers linked to the Russian government. But nothing concrete happened about the cyber break-in for seven months, according to an exhaustive report on Dec. 13 in the New York Times...

A Trump Hopeful’s Homeland Security Plan Includes a Muslim Registry and Changes to Voting Laws

November 22, 2016 Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach met with president-elect Donald J. Trump on Nov. 20 to discuss “border security, international terrorism, and reforming federal bureaucracy,” according to the president-elect’s transition team. Kobach, who said he has advised the Trump campaign for months on immigration policy, seemed pretty lax on security...

The State Department is Reopening Its Probe into Hillary Clinton’s Emails

July 8, 2016 Days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation recommended not filing criminal charges against presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the State Department said it will reopen its investigation of the situation. Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, the top office in the State Department, raised...

Is Trump’s Presidential Run Nothing More Than a 'Scampaign?'

June 21, 2016 Donald Trump’s US presidential campaign has just $1.3 million in cash on hand, the latest Federal Election Commission filings (pdf, pg 2) for the month of May show—compared to $42.5 million for Hillary Clinton. The small amount of cash on hand, coupled with his small staff (a few dozen, compared...

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