Liz Weston, CFP®

Senior Writer  |  Personal finance, credit scores, economics

Liz Weston, CFP®, is a personal finance columnist, co-host of the "Smart Money" podcast, award-winning journalist and author of five books about money, including the bestselling "Your Credit Score." Liz has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs, including the "Today" show, "NBC Nightly News," the "Dr. Phil" show and "All Things Considered." Her columns are carried by The Associated Press and appear in hundreds of media outlets each week. Prior to NerdWallet, she wrote for MSN, Reuters, AARP The Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. She shares a home in Los Angeles with a husband, a daughter and a co-dependent golden retriever.

  • Education: B.A. in economics and communications from Pacific Lutheran University
  • Credentials: CFP (Certified Financial Planner)
  • Awards: UCLA Anderson School of Management: Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, 1997, Pulitzer Prize: Public Service, Consumer Federation of America: Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award, The Association for Women in Communications: Clarion Award, Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing: Best in Business Award
  • Previous experience: Reuters News Agency, MSN Money, Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register

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