Karen Gaudette Brewer joined NerdWallet with 20 years of experience working in newsrooms and leading editorial teams, most recently as executive editor of HealthCentral. She launched her journalism career with The Associated Press and later worked for The (Riverside) Press-Enterprise, The Seattle Times, PCC Community Markets and Allrecipes.com. Her writing has been honored by the Society for Features Journalism and the Society of Professional Journalists. In addition, she’s written two books about the Pacific Northwest.
- Education: B.A. in communication and political science with distinction, University of Washington
- Awards: Poynter Institute Leadership Academy for Women in Media
- Organizations: Asian American Journalists Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors
- Previous experience: Executive editor of HealthCentral at Remedy Health Media, staff writer at The Seattle Times, staff writer at The Associated Press
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Yrefy Review: Yrefy Student Loan Refinancing
Yrefy differs from other student loan companies in that it refinances defaulted student loans.
Is Community College Free?
Community college isn’t free in the U.S., but at least 23 states offer free community college for some students.
Don’t Call It Student Loan Forgiveness: Income-Driven Plans Rarely Clear Debt
A NerdWallet analysis finds income-driven plans are unlikely to discharge debt for most student loan borrowers.
Grads Left Behind $3.75B in Free College Aid in 2021, Study Says
An estimated 813,000 Pell-eligible high school graduates didn’t submit the FAFSA in 2021, a college access nonprofit found.
Transcript Gaps? A Strong College Application Remains Possible
Show colleges the best version of yourself, but also know admissions officers have adapted their expectations.
Aidvantage Customer Service: What It Can Do and How to Contact
Aidvantage is a federal student loan servicer that manages loans.
For Young Adults, Building Credit Starts Now
Building your credit while you’re young will pay off in the future, and it may be easier than you think.
Free Community College Is Dead — and Still Possible
Free community college was cut from the federal budget bill, but its advocates aren't done fighting for it.