Who Shapes Our Coverage

Maggie Leung
Vice President of Content

Maggie joined NerdWallet during its early years, building its content team and operations from scratch. Before that, she 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.

Don Kirkpatrick
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.

Marcus Chan
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.

Hanah Cho
Deputy Director of Content

Hanah has previously led multiple NerdWallet verticals focused on personal finance. She originally joined NerdWallet as a writer, covering small business. Before that, she covered business and startups at The Dallas Morning News, and previously was a business writer for The Baltimore Sun. She also was treasurer of the Texas Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Assigning Editors

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 daily newspaper in Aspen, Colorado.

Kirsten VerHaar
Lead Assigning Editor, Consumer Insights

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.

Rick VanderKnyff
Senior Assigning Editor, Vertical Expansion

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. His 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.

Tony Armstrong
Lead Assigning Editor, Banking

Tony began his NerdWallet career as a writer and worked his way up to lead assigning editor.

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.

Alice Holbrook
Assistant Assigning Editor, Banking

Alice joined NerdWallet in 2013 and covered insurance and banking, as well as doing a stint on our copy desk, before being promoted to assistant assigning editor.

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.

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.

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.

Des Toups
Lead Assigning Editor, Education & Auto Loans

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.

Karen Gaudette Brewer
Assistant Assigning Editor, Education & Auto Loans

Karen joined NerdWallet with 20 years of experience working in newsrooms and leading editorial teams, most recently as executive editor of HealthCentral.com. She launched her journalism career with The Associated Press in San Francisco 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 Society of Professional Journalists. She is the author of two books about the Pacific Northwest.

Samantha Allen
Lead Assigning Editor, 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 completed Northwestern University’s certified financial planner program.

Lacie Glover
Assistant Assigning Editor, Insurance

Lacie spent more than five years covering health care costs and all types of insurance as a NerdWallet writer before being promoted to assistant assigning editor.

Lisa Green
Assistant Assigning Editor, Insurance

Lisa was an insurance writer at NerdWallet before being promoted to assistant assigning editor. Previously, she spent more than 20 years as an editor at The Tennessean in Nashville, where she was part of a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist team. Her work has won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Robert Beaupre

Robert Beaupre
Lead 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.

Chris Hutchison
Assigning Editor, Investing & Taxes

We promoted Chris to assistant assigning editor, and later to assigning editor, after he spent two years as a copy editor at NerdWallet. He previously copy edited at the San Jose Mercury News and ESPN.

Arielle O'Shea
Assistant Assigning Editor, Investing & Taxes

Arielle’s personal finance experience includes years of writing extensively about investing, retirement and other money topics. She’s also made appearances as a financial expert on programs such as the TODAY Show, NBC News and ABC World News Tonight. Before spending about four years as a writer at NerdWallet, she worked for nine years as a researcher and reporter for leading personal finance journalist and author Jean Chatzky. Arielle has completed the certified financial planner program through Northwestern University.

Tim Manni
Lead Assigning Editor, Mortgages

Tim previously spent eight years working for HSH.com, one of the nation’s leading publishers of mortgage information. He worked his way up to senior managing editor, and his work has been featured in publications from coast to coast.

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.

Beth Buczynski
Assistant Assigning Editor, Mortgages

Beth spent two years writing about mortgages and homeownership at NerdWallet before being promoted to assistant assigning editor. Before NerdWallet, she was a contributing editor at several sustainable living websites and was an SEO content specialist for small and midsize businesses. Beth is also the author of “Sharing is Good,” a book about collaborative consumption.

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.

Kevin Berry
Assistant Assigning Editor, Travel Rewards

Before joining NerdWallet, Kevin spent eight years with NBC Sports Northwest as its director of digital media and managing editor, overseeing the company’s written, video, audio and social media content. Prior to NBC Sports, Kevin worked as a financial analyst.

Jeanette Margle
Assistant Assigning Editor, Travel Rewards

Jeanette spent three years as lead editor at Upgraded Points and four years self-employed as an editor and writing coach.

Mary Flory
Lead Assigning Editor at Large

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.

Pamela de la Fuente
Assistant Assigning Editor at Large

Pamela joined NerdWallet after 17 years as a writer and editor at companies including Sprint Corp. and The Kansas City Star. Most recently, she was an editorial director at Hallmark Cards.

Engagement and Media Partnerships

Sharon Yep
Media Partnerships Manager

Sharon joined NerdWallet at early stage as a copy editor before transitioning to our Media Partnerships team. 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.

Alexis Freund
Media Partnerships Manager

Alexis joined NerdWallet in June 2020, working with syndication partners such as The Associated Press. Previously, she worked at a Publicis public relations agency, focusing on content marketing and account management.

Lauren Nash
Media Partnerships Specialist

Lauren joined NerdWallet in June 2020, focusing on media partnerships and communications. Before joining NerdWallet, she worked on the public relations and communications teams at RealSelf and Zillow.

Copy Editors

Sheri Gordon
Senior Copy Editor

Previously a copy editor at the Los Angeles Times.

Erica Harrington
Senior Copy Editor

Previously a copy editor at the Chicago Tribune and CNN.

Ashley Giacomini
Copy Editor

Previously an editor and content strategist at Google.

Doreen Simon
Copy Editor

Previously a copy editor at the San Jose Mercury News.

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.

Rachael Stuart
Copy Editor

Previously managing editor at Plated, a data-driven delivery service.

Stephanie Harris
Copy Editor

Previously managing editor at Townsquare Interactive.