Amanda Barroso is a personal finance writer who joined NerdWallet in 2021, covering credit scoring. She has also written data studies and contributed to NerdWallet's "Smart Money" podcast. Before joining the team, Amanda spent more than a decade covering issues facing many Americans, which includes her work as a writer at the Pew Research Center, a policy analyst at the National Women's Law Center and a college professor. Amanda earned a doctorate from The Ohio State University.
- Education: Ph.D. in women's, gender and sexuality studies from The Ohio State University, M.A. in journalism from University of Southern California, B.A. in English from Presbyterian College
- Awards: Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow (2017-2019)
- Previous experience: Writer at Pew Research Center, Policy Analyst at National Women's Law Center
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The Pros and Cons of Becoming an Authorized User to Build Credit
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Credit Score vs. Credit Report: What’s the Difference?
Credit reports are a detailed history of your credit use. The data in them is used to calculate your 3-digit credit scores.
Does Checking My Credit Score Lower It?
Checking your own credit won’t hurt your score. It's safe and smart to check it often.
Minimize Credit Score Damage From Late Payments
Paying 30 days or more past due could drop your score as much as 100 points. Try these strategies to manage payments.
Rental Kharma Review: Get Credit for Your Rent
Rental Kharma reports your rent payments to TransUnion and Equifax for a fee, helping you build credit.
Should You Use a Credit Repair Service?
Credit repair services address errors that could be hurting your score, but you can do the same things for free.