Patti Waldmeir is the North America correspondent, covering autos, airlines, aircraft manufacturers and midwestern politics.
She has been a correspondent for the FT since 1980, based in London, Washington, Johannesburg and Shanghai. Patti started her career covering the continent of Africa, including a decade covering the transition from white to black rule in South Africa, after which she wrote a prize-winning book about the transition. Patti went on to become US Editor of the Financial Times, and then spent a decade as FT US legal columnist before moving to Shanghai to cover China for the FT for 8 years.
Patti graduated from the University of Michigan and was awarded a Marshall scholarship which allowed her to obtain an MA from the University of Cambridge in the UK.