Who Shapes Our Coverage

Maggie Leung
Vice President of Content

Maggie spent more than 20 years in traditional news. That included midsize papers such as The Oregonian and The Seattle Times, as well as The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Immediately before joining NerdWallet, she was a senior editor at CNN, where she assigned stories and managed writers and editors in Atlanta, D.C., Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong and London. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Francisco State University.

Gerry Spratt
Director of Content

Gerry previously was Metro editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. There, he led a staff of five editors, 24 reporters and two columnists to produce a comprehensive local and regional report. As a part of the newsroom leadership team, he participated in the planning and execution of several major initiatives, including a shift to a digital-first editorial philosophy. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from Gonzaga University.

Don Kirkpatrick
Deputy Director of Content

Don worked in traditional news for more than two decades at newspapers such as The Seattle Times and The Arizona Republic, primarily as an editor. He also spent eight years at MSN, where he led a personal finance team that generated 1 billion page views in one year. Don managed NerdWallet’s banking team of 10 writers and editors before becoming a deputy director. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Washington University.

Marcus Chan
Deputy Director of Content

Marcus was technology editor for Bloomberg.com. Before that, he was the San Francisco Chronicle’s business editor, technology editor and database editor, as well as the newsroom’s first multimedia editor. His accolades include two from the Society of Professional Journalists: first place for online explanatory journalism and the Unsung Hero Award. Marcus also won the Hearst Eagle Award, given to the newspaper’s top journalist. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from Whitworth University.

Assigning Editors

Samantha Allen
Lead Assigning Editor, Autos & Insurance

Samantha joined NerdWallet after five years of editing the work of financial planners for the publications Bank Investment Consultant, Financial Planning and On Wall Street. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Barnard College and completed Northwestern University’s certified financial planner program.

Zoran Basich
Lead Assigning Editor, Banking

Zoran previously was venture capital editor for Dow Jones & Co. There, he led a team of editors and reporters in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Beijing covering the venture capital industry as part of the Dow Jones VentureWire. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from San Francisco State University.

Tony Armstrong
Assistant Assigning Editor, Banking

Tony began his NerdWallet career as a writer and was eventually promoted to assistant assigning editor. He has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Macalester College.

Carolyn Kimball
Assistant Assigning Editor, Banking

Carolyn Kimball has been a reporter, columnist and editor at newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and San Jose Mercury News, and was previously a senior copy editor at NerdWallet. She attended Arizona State University and holds degrees in political science and journalism.

Kathy Hinson
Lead Assigning Editor, Consumer Credit & Debt

Kathy worked as a copy editor at several Southern California newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, then spent 18 years at The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon. Her roles there included copy desk chief, team leader for design and editing, and online curator/news editor. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa.

Kirsten VerHaar
Lead Assigning Editor, Core Personal Finance

Kirsten was a lead editor with eBay, where she managed a team of writers who produced coverage for the site’s global content team. She also has written for Yahoo. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Colorado.

Jennifer Mulrean
Senior Assigning Editor, Credit & Wealth

Jennifer spent 16 years at MSN in various editorial roles, from writer, editor and producer on MSN Money, to managing editor of several sites. Prior to that she covered the arts, business and real estate for a small daily newspaper in Aspen, Colo. She has a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Washington.

Paul Soucy
Lead Assigning Editor, Credit Cards

Paul spent 15 years as an editor at The Des Moines Register and USA Today. He was editor of the USA Today Weekly International Edition and received the highest award from the American Copy Editors Society. After newspapers, he spent seven years as a freelance editor and as a writer specializing in credit scores and other personal finance topics. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Drake University and an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Kenley Young
Assigning Editor, Credit Cards

Kenley is a former front page editor for Yahoo and a former home page editor and copy desk chief for FoxSports.com. He also spent about seven years with the McClatchy newspaper chain, in roles that included copy editor, wire editor, deputy copy desk chief and night metro editor. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina.

Des Toups
Lead Assigning Editor, Education

Des was managing editor for two consumer insurance sites, Insurance.com and CarInsurance.com. He was managing editor for personal finance at MSN Money for a decade, and a copy editor and writer at The Seattle Times. He also worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Alaska, New Mexico, Colorado and Mississippi. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi.

Hanah Cho
Senior Assigning Editor, Emerging Markets

Hanah most recently covered business and startups at The Dallas Morning News, and previously was a business writer for The Baltimore Sun. She’s also treasurer of the Texas Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

Rick VanderKnyff
Senior Assigning Editor, Integrated Product Experience

Rick previously was in charge of training, community and events for Microsoft’s content publishing discipline. Previously at Microsoft, he was a senior producer, senior product manager and copy chief for various channels at MSN.com. Prior experience includes 12 years at the Los Angeles Times as a staff writer, researcher and copy editor, and five years as web manager at the University of California, San Diego. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in anthropology, both from California State University, Fullerton.

Robert Beaupre

Robert Beaupre
Assigning Editor, Investing & Taxes

Robert spent four years editing a variety of personal finance websites at QuinStreet, culminating in a role as senior editorial manager of the company’s insurance sites and managing editor of Insure.com. He then served as an online media manager for the University of Nevada, Reno, writing and optimizing web content for the school’s recruitment efforts. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Chris Hutchison
Assigning Editor, Investing & Taxes

Chris previously copy edited at the San Jose Mercury News and ESPN. We promoted him to assistant assigning editor after he spent two years proving himself at NerdWallet. He’s played an integral role in growing our content team and operations, and creating work processes and tools. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.

Tim Manni
Lead Assigning Editor, Mortgages

Tim spent the past eight years working for HSH.com, one of the nation’s leading publishers of mortgage information. He honed his craft by studying the markets and working alongside some of the most talented and knowledgeable people in the business. He eventually worked his way up to senior managing editor, and his work has been featured in publications from coast to coast. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and American studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Amanda Derengowski
Assigning Editor, Mortgages

Amanda previously was a content and communications leader in the real estate industry. Before that, she was a copy editor for the Contra Costa Times. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in journalism, both from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Alex Richards
Assigning Editor, Mortgages

Alex joined us from Investigative Reporters and Editors, where he was training director for about two years. At IRE and its National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, Alex trained journalists nationally and internationally on best practices in investigative journalism and data journalism. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 and won the Goldsmith and the Scripps Howard Farfel investigative reporting awards, among others, for the Las Vegas Sun series “Do No Harm,” with ProPublica’s Marshall Allen. He also shared IRE’s FOI medal for a series on Chicago’s truancy epidemic while reporting for the Chicago Tribune.

Kim Lowe
Lead Assigning Editor, Personal Loans and Small Business

Kim spent the majority of her career at Microsoft, overseeing content and editorial strategy for multiple MSN.com sites, including Health & Fitness, Food & Drink and Travel. Her previous experience includes writing and editing for business journals in the supermarket, restaurant and mortgage industries. Kim has bachelor’s degrees in journalism and physical education from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Mary Flory
Lead Assigning Editor, Travel Rewards

Mary joined NerdWallet after 12 years of managing newsrooms and editing, writing and packaging business content, most recently as the executive editor of the American Marketing Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication and in English from Saint Louis University, and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Engagement and Media Partnerships

Chantal von Alvensleben
Head of Engagement and Media Partnerships

Chantal has spent 17 years in personal finance news. As a TV producer at CNN, she created programming that helped viewers navigate the financial issues affecting every life stage. In the online news space, she worked at Bankrate.com, building and managing syndicated content partnership relationships with many of the most trusted names in news. Later at QuinStreet, she built and ran the cross vertical editorial content partnership program, as well as media and public relations for QuinStreet’s 12 personal finance websites. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism from The Ohio State University.

Alice Luu
Senior Associate

Alice joins NerdWallet after eight years of content marketing and partnerships experience. Most recently, she was on BlackRock’s global digital marketing team, where she managed relationships with leading finance and business publications to build exposure for BlackRock’s market commentary and educational content. Before transitioning to financial services content, Alice worked in the publishing industry at Rodale Inc. She started her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA service member, helping nonprofit organizations create social media and digital presences.

Sharon Yep
Senior Associate

Sharon joined NerdWallet in its earliest stages and has been dedicated to helping consumers find their way through the financial world. She previously worked as an editor at The Motley Fool, connecting investors to their goals and to each other. She also served as a copy editor at The Arizona Republic after being named one of the top 10 student journalists in the country by the Scripps Howard Foundation in 2006. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Chico.

Copy Editors

Sheri Gordon
Senior Copy Editor

Previously a copy editor at the Los Angeles Times.

Brad Walters
Copy Editor

Previously an editor at The Washington Post.

Doreen Simon
Copy Editor

Previously a copy editor at the San Jose Mercury News.

Erica Harrington
Copy Editor

Previously a copy editor at the Chicago Tribune and CNN.

Jim McNett
Copy Editor

Previously a copy editor at the San Jose Mercury News and The Oregonian.

Mary Makarushka
Copy Editor

Previously managing editor of Bloomberg Personal Finance.

Stephanie Harris
Copy Editor

Previously managing editor at Townsquare Interactive.