Adam Smith or George J. W. Goodman

Updated at: May 21, 2007, 2:20 a.m.

George Goodman, better known as Adam Smith, is one of the nation's most respected television journalists and financial authors.

He is the host and editor-in-chief of Public Broadcasting's popular television show Adam Smith, which runs weekly on 246 PBS stations. The show has won four Emmy Awards, the only business show to be so honored, and is the first public affairs show of any kind to be broadcast on Russian television, where it appears weekly in prime time.

The Adam Smith show began in 1983 as Adam Smith's Money World on PBS. Among its notable achievements have been a one-on-one interview with Mikhail Gorbachev in the Supreme Soviet in 1990, an on-the-scene report of the economic revolution in China in 1985 and a live special on the stock market crash of 1987. Smith was twice nominated for Emmy Awards as "best interviewer."

"Adam Smith" is the pseudonym given to Goodman by the editor of New York magazine in 1966. Originally, it permitted him to continue as a Wall Street portfolio manager and to write satirical columns at the same time.

The Money Game, published in 1968 and called a "modern classic," was followed by Supermoney, Paper Money, Powers of Mind and The Roaring '80s, which were all national best-sellers or major book club selections.

Smith also wrote four novels under his own name of Goodman, one of which, The Wheeler Dealers, became a feature movie starring Lee Remick and James Garner.

He was a founder of New York magazine and the founding editor of the trade magazine Institutional Investor

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