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Patti Waldmeir is the North America correspondent based in Chicago. 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 and went on to become US Editor of the Financial Times. She spent a decade as 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.