Taryn Phaneuf is a writer who joined NerdWallet in 2022. She previously spent more than a decade reporting on business, education and public policy for local news outlets. Most recently, she worked as a data reporter and researcher for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. She also taught journalism as an adjunct instructor at her alma mater, the University of Minnesota.
She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
- Education: B.A. in journalism from University of Minnesota
- Previous experience: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Adjunct instructor at University of Minnesota Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, MinnPost, Bowling Green Daily News
The latest from Taryn
How to Prepare for a Winter Storm
When a winter storm strikes, preparation means more than a trip to the store. Here's how to storm-proof your finances.
What Is the Consumer Price Index (CPI)?
The index measures the change in average price paid by consumers for a set of goods and services that represent regular expenses, like groceries or gas.
Still Reeling From Ian, Florida Faces Costs of Hurricane Nicole
Hurricane Nicole hit the east coast of Florida just six weeks after Hurricane Ian devastated the state.
How Social Security Survivors Benefits Work
Social Security survivors benefits support family members after someone who qualified for retirement benefits dies.
How a Lottery Jackpot Works
The winner won't see the full amount — at least not all at once. Here's how to play, and what it means if you win.
Social Security Benefits for Spouses: Who Qualifies and How to Calculate
Learn how Social Security spousal benefits may factor into your future income.
Own a Kia or Hyundai? Here’s Why Your Insurance Rates Could Go Up
Hyundai now sells security kits — for $170 — but all drivers should take precautions during this uptick in thefts.
When and How to Apply for Social Security
To start receiving federal retirement benefits, you’ll need to know how to apply for Social Security.
Miscarriage Is Devastating — and Then the Bill Comes
Even with insurance, surgical treatment for a miscarriage can add up to more than $4,300, on average.
Does Medicaid Cover Birth Control?
In most states, Medicaid covers birth control at no cost to the patient.
How Much Does It Cost to Adopt a Child?
The adoption process can be long and cost anywhere from less than $1,000 to more than $50,000.
California Bets Big on Electric Cars. Should You?
New state regulations would require all new cars, trucks and SUVs sold in California to be zero emissions by 2035. The impact of the changes will be felt around the nation.
Does Insurance Cover Birth Control?
Most health insurance plans cover birth control without requiring you to pay anything out of pocket, but there are exceptions.
How Much Does IVF Cost?
A single in vitro fertilization cycle can cost $10,000 to $15,000. Some states require insurers to cover fertility treatments but most people pay significant sums out of pocket.