Cara Smith is a lead writer at NerdWallet, where she writes about investing, cryptocurrency and auto loans. She has reported on commercial real estate, housing and general business for Houston Business Journal, CoStar News and other publications. She studied journalism and psychology at the University of Houston, where she served as the editor-in-chief of its student newspaper. She is based in Chicago, where she searches night and day for authentic Tex-Mex in the Midwest.
- Education: B.A. in journalism from University of Houston
- Previous experience: CoStar News, Houston Business Journal
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