Hillary Crawford is a small-business writer at NerdWallet, with a special focus on business software products. Her previous roles include news writer and associate West Coast editor at Bustle Digital Group, where she helped shape news and tech coverage. She has appeared on Cheddar News and also worked as a policy contributor for GenFKD. She is based in Traverse City, Michigan.
- Education: B.A. with high honors in political science from University of Michigan
- Credentials: QuickBooks Certified User, Responsive web design
- Previous experience: Bustle Digital Group, GenFKD
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