Lyric Hughes Hale

Expertise: economic and political affairs commentator

Lyric Hughes Hale is editor-in-chief of EconVue, a publisher of online economic news and analysis by independent experts. She is producer of the Hale Report, a Chicago-based podcast series on economics with featured guests from around the world. A consultant to multinational corporations, she has contributed to a range of publications including the Yale Books Blog, the Huffington Post, the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Current History and Institutional Investor. China Takes Off, published in Foreign Affairs in 2003 and written jointly with her husband David Hale, is one of the most oft-cited surveys of China’s economic ascendency. Their book, "What’s Next? Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the World Economy" was published by Yale University Press. 

A noted speaker, Ms. Hale has addressed audiences at the World Economic Forum, the Brookings Institution, the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Tokyo, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, as well as Stanford, Northwestern, Harvard and the University of Chicago. She was founder and publisher of the pathbreaking daily publication China Online from 1998-2003, providing China business news in English on the web. She led a sixty-person bilingual editorial and technical team headquartered in Chicago with operations in China.  Ms Hale bought the rights and produced the first telecast of the Super Bowl in China in 1986, and was a pioneer of foreign advertising in major Chinese media.

Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, Ms. Hale served as CEO of Hughes International. The company developed market entry strategies and created and managed multilingual print and broadcast campaigns for technology-focused companies such as Hughes Aircraft, Microsoft, Hitachi, Motorola, AT&T, and Apple Computer in Asia. She co-founded Women in International Trade, now a worlwide organization, to help entry-level women pursue global careers.

Ms. Hale studied at Northwestern University, and graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She has studied six languages at the university level. She has lived in Europe, Japan, and Iran, and first went to China in 1979. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations,  Association for Asian Studies, American Economics Association, and the Bretton Woods Committee. She is mother to a blended family of five children, and has two grandchildren with musical names.

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Expert Information


economic and political affairs commentator




Current Experience

Editor-in-Chief, EconVue

Past Experience

  • President, David Hale Global Economics
  • President, China Online
  • Founder, Hughes International


  • Northwestern University
  • University of Chicago