At 35, Nasar became a journalist. Since 1983, she has been a writer at Fortune, a columnist at U.S. News & World Report and, until 2000, a reporter at the New York Times where she covered economics. She and her husband, Darryl McLeod, also an economist, have three children, Clara, Lily and Jack and live in Tarrytown, New York.
A Beautiful Mind, her first book, won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A #1 New York Times best-seller, Nasar's biography of mathematical genius John Nash inspired the Academy Award-winning movie directed by Ron Howard and was honored, along with Akiva Goldsman's screenplay, with the 2002 Scripter Award. Nasar recently co-edited The Essential John Nash, a collection of Nash's scientific papers, and served as creative consultant on a PBS documentary about Nash.
She is currently working on a book about 20th century economic thinkers, and is now the first John S. and James L. Knight Professor at the Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.