The content team is managed by four directors with a combined 100-plus years of writing and editing experience, both in consumer news and traditional journalism. All four have been leaders at NerdWallet since 2015-16.
Hanah Cho — Senior Director of Content
Hanah Cho led multiple NerdWallet teams focused on personal finance before being promoted to deputy director and then director. 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.
Don Kirkpatrick Director of Content
Don Kirkpatrick has been a leader on NerdWallet's content team since 2015, first as an assigning editor for banking and later as deputy director and director. He also led the personal finance team during his eight years at MSN. From 1985 to 2006, he was an editor at The Seattle Times, The Arizona Republic and other newspapers. He holds a journalism degree from Western Washington University.
Marcus Chan Director of Content
Marcus Chan joined NerdWallet as an editor of data-driven content before being promoted to deputy director and then director. Previously, he 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.
Jennifer Mulrean Deputy Director of Content
Jennifer Mulrean joined NerdWallet as a senior assigning editor in 2016. Before that, she spent 16 years at MSN in various editorial roles, including writer, editor and producer on MSN Money and managing editor of several sites. Previously, she covered the arts, business and real estate for a daily newspaper in Aspen, Colorado. At NerdWallet, she works most closely with the investing, insurance, banking, credit cards and travel rewards teams.
NerdWallet editors ensure high-quality content that helps all readers make financial decisions with confidence.
Rick VanderKnyff leads the team responsible for expanding NerdWallet content to additional topics within personal finance. Previously, he has worked as a channel manager at MSN.com, as a web manager at University of California San Diego, and as a copy editor and staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a Master of Arts in anthropology.
Kirsten VerHaar is an editor for personal finance, with an English literature degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. In her previous roles, she was a lead editor with eBay, where she managed a team of writers who produced coverage for the site's global content team. She has also written for Yahoo. Since joining NerdWallet in 2015, she has covered topics as wide-ranging as vacuums (yes, really), budgeting and Black Friday.
Chris Hutchison helped build NerdWallet's content team at its outset, went on to work as an assigning editor on banking, and then to lead the investing team and oversee its taxes team. Prior to joining NerdWallet, he was an editor and site programmer at ESPN and a copy editor at the San Jose Mercury News.
Tony Armstrong began his NerdWallet career as a writer and worked his way up to assistant assigning editor and then to lead assigning editor on the banking team. His work has been featured by the Los Angeles Times, Mashable, Money, Nasdaq.com, USA Today and VentureBeat. He has appeared on Minnesota Public Radio. Tony earned a bachelor's degree in English literature and creative writing from Macalester College.
Paul Soucy leads the credit cards content team at NerdWallet. He was an editor with the Des Moines Register, USA Today and Meredith/Better Homes and Gardens for more than 20 years, then built a successful freelance writing and editing practice. He edited the USA Today Weekly International Edition and received the highest award from ACES: The Society for Editing. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a Master of Business Administration.
Arielle O’Shea co-leads the investing and taxes team at NerdWallet. She has covered personal finance and investing for 15 years, previously as a researcher and reporter for leading personal finance journalist and author Jean Chatzky. Arielle has appeared as a financial expert on the "Today" show, NBC News and ABC's "World News Tonight," and has been quoted in national publications including The New York Times, MarketWatch and Bloomberg News.
Samantha Allen Lead Assigning Editor
Samantha Allen leads the insurance team at NerdWallet. Previously, she was the digital managing editor for the publications Financial Planning and On Wall Street. She attended Northwestern University's certified financial planner program and has been covering personal finance and wealth management for more than 10 years.
Kathy Hinson leads the consumer credit and debt team at NerdWallet. Previously, she spent 18 years at The Oregonian in Portland in roles including copy desk chief and team leader for design and editing. Prior experience includes news and copy editing for several Southern California newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Iowa.
Des Toups Lead Assigning Editor
Des Toups leads the student loans and auto loans teams at NerdWallet; before that, he led NerdWallet's personal loans and consumer finance teams. He has also led editorial teams at CarInsurance.com, Insurance.com and MSN.com, and worked as an editor and reporter at The Seattle Times, Anchorage Daily News, Albuquerque Journal, Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph and Biloxi Sun Herald.
Mary Flory Lead Assigning Editor
Mary Flory leads NerdWallet's growing team of assigning editors at large. Prior to joining NerdWallet’s content team, she had spent more than 12 years developing content strategies, managing newsrooms and mentoring writers and editors. Her previous experience includes being an executive editor at the American Marketing Association and an editor at news and feature syndicate Content That Works.
Amanda Derengowski Lead Assigning Editor
Amanda Derengowski leads the international expansion team at NerdWallet, and she previously helped lead the mortgages and small-business teams. Prior to her time at NerdWallet, Amanda spent 10 years as a content and communications manager in the real estate industry. Before that, she was a copy editor for the Contra Costa Times. She has a master’s degree in journalism and is a Dow Jones News Fund alum.
Kim Lowe Lead Assigning Editor
Kim Lowe leads the personal loans editorial team. She joined NerdWallet after 15 years managing content for MSN.com, including travel, health and food. She started her career as a writer for publications that covered the mortgage, supermarket and restaurant industries. Kim earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington.
Tim Manni Lead Assigning Editor
Tim Manni began his career studying the mortgage market in 2008 with HSH.com, a financial publisher. Tim continued to build his authority in the mortgage space when he joined NerdWallet in 2016 as an assigning editor. Tim and his work have been quoted and featured in numerous publications and broadcasts coast to coast. Tim now leads the home content team, which is made up of NerdWallet authorities on homebuying, refinancing and related topics.
Robert Beaupre Lead Assigning Editor
Robert Beaupre 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.
Jeanette Margle Lead Assigning Editor
Jeanette Margle leads the travel rewards content team at NerdWallet. Previously, she spent three years as an editor at Upgraded Points and several years self-employed as an editor and writing coach. Her writing has appeared on HuffPost. A lifelong Texan, Jeanette earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and has a Master of Education from the University of Houston.
Lacie Glover 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 in 2019 and later to assigning editor. As a writer, her work was featured in The Associated Press, The Motley Fool and U.S. News & World Report. Lacie is a NerdWallet authority on insurance products and loves data, analytics and solving SEO mysteries.
Kenley Young directs daily credit cards coverage for NerdWallet. Previously, he was a homepage editor and digital content producer for Fox Sports, and before that a front page editor for Yahoo. He has decades of experience in digital and print media, including stints as a copy desk chief, a wire editor and a metro editor for the McClatchy newspaper chain.
Beth Buczynski is an assigning editor on the mortgages team at NerdWallet. Beth spent two years covering all aspects of the homeownership journey as a NerdWallet writer before being promoted to assistant assigning editor and later to assigning editor. Her work has been featured by The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Money magazine, among others. Beth earned a master’s degree in public communication at Colorado State University.
Sally Lauckner Assigning Editor
Sally Lauckner joined NerdWallet with more than 10 years of experience in digital media. Most recently, she was the editorial director at Fundera, where she led a team focused on small-business content. Her prior experience includes two years as a senior editor at SmartAsset, where she edited a wide range of personal finance content, and five years at the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, where she held a variety of editorial roles. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University and a master's degree in journalism from New York University.
Kevin Berry Assigning Editor
Kevin Berry works as an editor for the travel rewards team at NerdWallet and has traveled extensively for over a decade using points and miles. His favorite travel destinations are Las Vegas and the beaches of Mexico. Previously, he managed the content and social media teams for NBC Sports in Portland for eight years. His prior experience also includes time as a financial analyst (Comcast) and business system analyst (Nike).
Alice Holbrook Assistant Assigning Editor
Alice Holbrook joined NerdWallet in 2013 and covered insurance and banking, and did a stint on the copy desk, before being promoted to assistant assigning editor. She’s covered banking for NerdWallet since 2017. Her work has been featured by USA Today, MarketWatch, Newsweek and The Washington Post.
Claire Tsosie is an assistant assigning editor for NerdWallet. Her areas of expertise include research and strategy. She’s edited articles on a variety of topics, including business software, Medicare and home improvement. Previously, she was a credit cards writer at NerdWallet for over five years. Her work was featured by Forbes, USA Today and The Associated Press. She's been a speaker at both CardCon (2017, 2018) and FinCon (2019).
Courtney Jespersen Neidel is an assistant assigning editor for the core personal finance team at NerdWallet. She joined NerdWallet in 2014 and spent six years writing about shopping, budgeting and money-saving strategies before being promoted to editor. Courtney has been interviewed as a retail authority by "Good Morning America," Cheddar and CBSN. Her prior experience includes freelance writing for California newspapers.
Ryan Lane is an editor on the small-business team and a NerdWallet authority on student loans. He spent more than a decade as a writer and editor for student loan guarantor American Student Assistance and was a managing editor for publisher Cell Press. Ryan’s work has been featured by The Associated Press, USA Today and MarketWatch, and he previously co-authored the U.S. News & World Report Student Loan Ranger blog.
Lisa Green 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.
Karen Gaudette Brewer Assistant Assigning Editor
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. She’s written two books about the Pacific Northwest.
Pamela de la Fuente joined NerdWallet after 17 years as a writer and editor at companies including Sprint and The Kansas City Star. She is a thought leader in content diversity, equity and inclusion and a two-time winner of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists' President's Award. Most recently, she was an editorial director at Hallmark Cards. Her work has been featured on Hallmark.com, Motherly.com and KansasCity.com.
Megan Lee joined the travel rewards team at NerdWallet with over 10 years of SEO, writing and content development experience, primarily in international education and nonprofit work. She has been published in U.S. News & World Report, USA Today and elsewhere, and has spoken at conferences like that of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Megan has built and directed remote writing teams and strategies for websites like GoAbroad and Go Overseas.
Erica Corbin joined NerdWallet in 2020 as an assistant assigning editor at large. She previously wrote and edited content at companies such as GOBankingRates and Nasdaq. Her work has been syndicated to USA Today, Yahoo Finance, MSN and more. She also has worked as a freelance writer and editor for over a decade for various clients and publications across industries. Erica holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Seattle Pacific University.
Christine Aebischer is an assistant assigning editor on the small-business team who joined NerdWallet in 2020, originally as a copy editor. Previously, she held editing roles at Fundera, Northwestern Mutual and LearnVest, where she covered a variety of personal and business finance topics. Christine earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism from The College of New Jersey.
Caitlin Constantine Assistant Assigning Editor
Caitlin Constantine is an assistant assigning editor at NerdWallet, focusing on homeowners and renters insurance. Previously, she was the deputy managing editor at The Penny Hoarder. Her experience also includes a decade as a digital producer for a 24/7 news station based in the Tampa Bay area. She holds a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
Johanna Arnone Assistant Assigning Editor
Johanna Arnone helps lead coverage of homeownership and mortgages at NerdWallet. Previously, she worked for more than a decade in magazine publishing, including six years as the editor of Muse, an award-winning science and tech magazine for young readers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and a Master of Fine Arts in writing. Johanna has completed coursework in Boston University’s Financial Planning Certificate program.
Yuliya Goldshteyn Assistant Assigning Editor
Yuliya Goldshteyn is a banking editor at NerdWallet. She previously worked as an editor, writer and research analyst in industries ranging from health care to market research. She earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago.
Dawnielle Robinson-Walker spent 16 years as a college English instructor, teaching creative writing and African-American literature before she began writing and editing for various companies and online publications. Prior to joining NerdWallet, she was an editor at Hallmark Cards and a contributing writer at Forbes Health.
NerdWallet’s writers and spokespeople use skills and expertise from diverse career backgrounds to break down complex money topics.
Elizabeth Renter spends her time hunting for consumer takeaways in datasets and crunching numbers for all things personal finance. Her work has been cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post, the "Today" show, CNBC and elsewhere. When not playing with words and numbers, she enjoys traveling, powerlifting and restoring her Victorian home. Twitter: @elizabethrenter.
Anna Helhoski is a writer and NerdWallet's authority on student loans. She joined NerdWallet in 2014. Her work has appeared in The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today. She previously covered local news in the New York metro area for the Daily Voice and New York state politics for The Legislative Gazette. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Purchase College, State University of New York. Twitter: @AnnaHelhoski.
Hal M. Bundrick is a personal finance writer and a NerdWallet authority in money matters. He is a certified financial planner and former financial consultant and senior investment specialist for Wall Street firms. Hal advised families, business owners, nonprofits and trusts, as well as managed group employee retirement plans in the South and Midwest. Hal now works to make financial topics understandable and jargon-free. Twitter: @halmbundrick.
Barbara Marquand writes about mortgages, homebuying and homeownership. Previously, she wrote about insurance and investing at NerdWallet and has covered personal finance for more than a decade. Prior to that, she wrote for national consumer and trade publications on a wide range of topics, including business, careers and parenting. Her work has appeared in MarketWatch, MSN Money, USA Today, The Washington Post and many others. Twitter: @barbaramarquand.
Liz Weston is a certified financial planner, award-winning journalist and author of five books about money, including the bestselling "Your Credit Score." She 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. Twitter: @lizweston.
Tina Orem covers small business and taxes at NerdWallet. She has a degree in finance, as well as a master's degree in journalism and a Master of Business Administration. Her work has appeared in a variety of local and national media outlets.
Sean Pyles is host of the NerdWallet "Smart Money" podcast and a debt writer who joined NerdWallet in 2016. His work focuses on helping consumers manage debt and has appeared in USA Today, The New York Times and elsewhere. When he's not writing about personal finance, Sean can be found tending to his garden and taking his dog for walks around beautiful Portland, Oregon. Twitter: @seanpyles.
Gregory Karp is a credit cards expert at NerdWallet. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, authored two personal finance books and created the "Spending Smart" syndicated newspaper column, which ran from 2003-2014. He previously was a reporter at the Chicago Tribune, covering consumer issues and business news. He has been quoted as a guest expert in media from TV, newspapers and magazines to podcasts and blogs, and has spoken on panels at national conferences. His numerous awards include national recognition several times from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. Twitter: @spendingsmart.
Kimberly Palmer is a credit card and personal finance expert at NerdWallet. She has been featured on the "Today" show and in The New York Times. She is also the author of three books about money: "Smart Mom, Rich Mom," "The Economy of You" and “Generation Earn.” Previously, she was a money editor at U.S. News & World Report and AARP. Twitter: @KimberlyPalmer.
Holden Lewis is a mortgage reporter and spokesperson who joined NerdWallet in 2017. He previously wrote for Bankrate. He has written articles about mortgages since 2001. He has been president of the National Association of Real Estate Editors and has won writing awards from NAREE, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and the Society of Professional Journalists. Twitter: @HoldenL.
Spencer Tierney is a consumer banking writer who joined NerdWallet full time in 2014 and is an expert on certificates of deposit. His work has been featured by The Associated Press, USA Today, MSN, SF Gate and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Spencer earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of California, Berkeley. Twitter: @SpencerNerd.
Erin El Issa is a data studies writer who joined NerdWallet in 2014. She covers a variety of topics, including credit cards, travel, investing, banking and student loans. Erin earned her bachelor's degree in accounting and worked as a tax accountant before creating data-driven content. In her spare time, Erin reads voraciously and tries in vain to keep up with her energetic toddler.
Margarette Burnette is a savings expert who has been writing about bank accounts since before the Great Recession. Her work has been featured in The Associated Press, USA Today and other major newspapers. Before joining NerdWallet, Margarette was a freelance journalist with bylines in magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Black Enterprise and Parenting. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Twitter: @margarette.
Kelsey Sheehy is a NerdWallet authority on small business. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and The Associated Press, where she writes a column about millennials and money. Kelsey has appeared on the "Today" show, NBC News and "ABC World News Tonight" and has been quoted by the Los Angeles Times, CNBC and MarketWatch, among other publications. Twitter: @KelseyLSheehy.
Amrita Jayakumar is a special assignments writer at NerdWallet and also writes a syndicated column about millennials and money. She joined NerdWallet in 2015, covering personal loans and then consumer credit and debt. Before that, she spent three years as a reporter at The Washington Post. Her work has also appeared in the Miami Herald, The Associated Press and USA Today. Amrita has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Twitter: @ajbombay.
Bev O'Shea is a NerdWallet authority on consumer credit, scams and identity theft. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Auburn University and a master's in education from Georgia State University. Before coming to NerdWallet, she worked for daily newspapers, MSN Money and Credit.com. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, MarketWatch, USA Today, MSN Money and elsewhere. Twitter: @BeverlyOShea.
Laura McMullen joined NerdWallet in 2015 and writes about saving and budgeting money. She contributes to the "Millennial Money" column for The Associated Press, and her content has been picked up by The Washington Post, The New York Times and other outlets. Laura previously worked for U.S. News & World Report, where she wrote and edited content related to careers, wellness and education. Twitter: @lauraemcmullen.
Melissa Lambarena is a personal finance writer who joined NerdWallet in 2016. Her prior experience includes nine years as a content creator for several publications and websites. Her work has been featured by The Associated Press, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, USA Today and Yahoo Finance, among others. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Twitter: @LissaLambarena.
Lauren Schwahn is a personal finance writer who covers budgeting, saving and making money. She joined NerdWallet in 2016, originally writing product reviews and other shopping content, including holiday shopping reports. Lauren's work has been featured by USA Today, The Associated Press, The Washington Post and more. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Twitter: @lauren_schwahn.
Sara Rathner is a credit cards and travel expert at NerdWallet. She's appeared on the "Today" show, "NBC Nightly News" and CNBC's "Nightly Business Report" and has been quoted in The New York Times, Yahoo Finance, Time, Reuters, NBC News, Business Insider and MarketWatch. Before joining NerdWallet, Sara worked at The Motley Fool for nearly 10 years. She also worked as a freelance personal finance writer and paraplanner and has a certificate in financial planning from Boston University. Twitter: @sarakrathner.
Sam Kemmis is a travel rewards expert at NerdWallet. He specializes in data analysis of travel programs, including NerdWallet's point and mile valuations. His work has appeared in The Associated Press, The Washington Post, MarketWatch, The Points Guy and The Onion. He has presented at CardCon and the Altitude Conference. In 2017 he founded MyTravelNerd, a personalized travel deals newsletter. He is a nomad, meditator and apprentice potion maker. Twitter: @samsambutdif.
Annie Millerbernd is a NerdWallet authority on personal loans. Before joining NerdWallet in 2019, she worked as a news reporter in California, a data reporter at the San Antonio Express-News and a digital content specialist at USAA. Her work has been cited by the Northwestern University Law Review and featured in The Associated Press, USA Today and MarketWatch. She’s also been quoted in New York magazine and appeared on NerdWallet's "Smart Money" podcast as well as local TV and radio. Twitter: @annieanyway.
Elina Geller is a travel rewards expert at NerdWallet specializing in airline and hotel loyalty programs and travel insurance. Her passion for travel rewards began in 2011 when she flew first class to London and Amsterdam on British Airways and used hotel points to stay in both cities. In 2019, Elina founded TheMissMiles, a travel rewards coaching business. Elina's work has been featured by AwardWallet. She’s a certified public accountant with degrees from the London School of Economics and Fordham University. Twitter: @elina_geller.
Kate Wood joined NerdWallet in 2019 as a writer on the homes and mortgages team. Her work on homebuying, renovation and FHA loans has been featured by USA Today, Yahoo, MSN and The Associated Press, among others. Kate previously wrote about home remodeling, decor and maintenance for This Old House magazine. With degrees in sociology from Vassar College and the University of California, San Diego, Kate is passionate about issues like housing inequality.
Kayda Norman is a NerdWallet authority on auto insurance. She previously worked in communications at The Walt Disney Co. and as a web producer and writer at several health and fitness publications, including Health magazine. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today.
Chris Davis is an investing writer covering the stock market, investing strategies and investment accounts. As a spokesperson, he has appeared on NBC Bay Area and been quoted in Forbes, Apartment Therapy, Martha Stewart and Lifewire, among others. His work has appeared in The Associated Press, The Washington Post, MSN, Yahoo Finance, MarketWatch, Newsday and TheStreet. Twitter: @hurrayforstuff.
Erin Hurd is a credit card and travel rewards writer at NerdWallet. Her work has been featured in Yahoo, Nasdaq, TheStreet, International Living, the Daily Reckoning, Personal Finance and FinanceBuzz. Previously the director of strategic growth at a large financial publishing company, Erin is passionate about harnessing the power of credit card and loyalty rewards to travel the world. When she's not writing, she's planning the next adventure for her family of four using points and miles. Twitter: @ErinHurd1.
Andrew Marder is a lead writer for NerdWallet focusing on insurance and data analysis. He has over a decade of experience in finance, with previous roles at Barclays, The Motley Fool and Gartner. His work has appeared in The Week, The Washington Post and other national news outlets. He has presented his work at the Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo and Accountex.
Cecilia Clark is a writer and NerdWallet authority on student finance on the education team. Her work has appeared in The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The New York Times and MarketWatch. She worked through college and took advantage of the U.S. Army's College Loan Repayment Program for undergraduate school and used the Army Tuition Assistance Program and GI Bill to pay for graduate school.
Georgia Rose is a lead writer at NerdWallet. She focuses on personal finance, government policy, science and technology. Over the course of her career, Georgia has written for a wide range of newspapers, nonprofits and private organizations. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Sarah Schlichter is a NerdWallet authority on auto, homeowners and renters insurance. She joined NerdWallet in 2020 after more than 15 years in digital media as a writer, editor and spokesperson. Her byline has appeared in numerous outlets, including The Associated Press, MarketWatch and SmarterTravel. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Bryn Mawr College.
Tiffany Lam-Balfour is an investing writer at NerdWallet. Previously, she was a senior financial advisor and sales manager at Merrill Lynch, and she spent nearly a decade in investment banking and investment management prior to that. Her work has been featured in Forbes, MarketWatch and MSN, among others. Tiffany earned a finance and management degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Twitter: @TiffLamBalfour.
Linda Bell is a writer and spokesperson who joined NerdWallet in 2020. Her prior experience includes more than 20 years as a business news/personal finance reporter, writer and producer at organizations including Bloomberg News and Fox Business. Linda’s work has earned recognition from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and the New York Association of Black Journalists. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English literature at New York University. Twitter: @lindanbell.
Sally French is a travel rewards expert who joined NerdWallet in 2020. She previously wrote about travel and credit cards for The New York Times and its sibling site, Wirecutter. She also has worked for MarketWatch and The Orange County Register. She loves fitness, and her travels have included cycling up the coastline of Vietnam and over the sea ice in the Arctic Circle. Sally studied journalism at the University of Missouri. Twitter: @SAFmedia.
Randa Kriss is a small-business writer who joined NerdWallet in 2020. She previously worked as a writer at Fundera, covering a wide variety of small-business topics including banking and loan products. Her work has been featured by The Washington Post, The Associated Press and Nasdaq, among others. Randa earned a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish at Iona College.
Kate Ashford is a writer and NerdWallet authority on Medicare. She has more than 15 years of experience writing about personal finance, and her work has been published by the BBC, Forbes, Money, AARP and Parents, among others. She has a degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Twitter: @kateashford.
Rosalie Murphy is a small-business writer at NerdWallet. Previously, she was a business reporter at The Desert Sun — where her coverage won awards from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and the National Association of Real Estate Editors — and editor-in-chief at a local news startup. Rosalie studied journalism at the University of Southern California. Twitter: @rozmurph.
Katia Iervasi is an insurance writer at NerdWallet. She holds a bachelor's degree in communication and loves untangling complicated topics and answering readers' burning money questions. Her work has been quoted in outlets like Finder, Forbes, FT Adviser and Best Company, and she's appeared on the "Money Savage" podcast.
Shannon Bradley covers auto loans for NerdWallet. She spent more than 30 years in banking as a writer, creating educational content to help individuals and businesses with financial decision-making. Shannon has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern Indiana. She has two married (and financially independent) sons, a granddaughter with a 529 savings account and two rescue dogs with no financial concerns.
Lisa Anthony covers small-business software for NerdWallet's small-business team. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration and over 20 years of diverse experience in banking and finance. Prior to becoming a writer, Lisa held positions in customer care at Intuit, as a loan officer at Bank of America and as a marketing consultant at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
Katherine Fan is a personal finance and travel expert who covers software, credit cards, loans and other topics of relevance for small businesses. Katherine's work as a writer, photojournalist, editor and copy editor has been published in The Points Guy, Bankrate, CreditCards.com, Business Insider, LendingTree and more. Katherine holds dual degrees in journalism and ethnic studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Katherine started her career in the tech industry as a software sales executive before returning to her media roots in 2015. Twitter: @katherinefan.
Amanda Barroso Lead Writer
Amanda Barroso is a personal finance writer who joined NerdWallet in 2021, covering primarily consumer credit and debt. Before joining the team, she examined a range of social and demographic trends as a writer for the Pew Research Center and spent time working as a policy analyst at the National Women's Law Center — a leading legal advocacy group for women and girls — as well as teaching college courses. She earned a doctorate in women's, gender and sexuality studies from The Ohio State University.
Chanelle Bessette is a personal finance writer at NerdWallet covering banking. She previously worked at Fortune, Forbes and the Reno Gazette-Journal. She is also a spokesperson for the banking team, and her expertise has appeared in The New York Times, Vox and Apartment Therapy. Twitter: @crbessette.
Meghan Coyle started as a web producer and writer at NerdWallet in 2018. She covers travel rewards, including news, airline and hotel loyalty programs, and how to travel on points. Her work has previously appeared in The Washington Post, NPR, PRX, KPCC, KCRW and YR Media. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. Twitter: @inkwaves.
Alana Benson is an investing writer who joined NerdWallet in 2019. Since then, she has written extensively about socially responsible and ESG investing, financial advice and beginner investing topics. Previously, she wrote two books on identity theft and several young adult nonfiction titles. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, MSN, Yahoo Finance, MarketWatch and others.
Doug Sibor is a personal finance writer who joined NerdWallet in 2020 and covers home and renters insurance. Previously, he wrote, edited and fact-checked for publications in the medical, sports and entertainment fields. His work has been featured by The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others. Doug earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College and a Master of Business Administration with a finance concentration from Boston University.
Jackie Veling covers personal loans for NerdWallet. Her work has been featured in The Associated Press, MarketWatch, MSN, Nasdaq.com and Yahoo Finance. Prior to that, she ran a freelance writing and editing business, where she partnered with a wide range of clients, including U.S. Bank and Under Armour. She graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Funto Omojola is a credit cards writer who joined NerdWallet in 2020. Her work has been published by MarketWatch, Vice and the New York Post, among others. Funto earned a bachelor's degree in global and international studies from Bard College. When she's not writing about money, Funto enjoys traveling, cooking and avoiding credit card fees.
Chanell Alexander is a personal loans writer for NerdWallet. Prior to that, Chanell managed a financial literacy program for middle school students at Junior Achievement and operated a freelance writing company. Her work has been featured by the Atlanta Small Business Network and CBT News, among others. Chanell has a degree in public policy from Georgia State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia.
Hillary Crawford is a writer at NerdWallet and covers small-business software. Her previous roles include news writer and associate West Coast editor at Bustle Digital Group, where she helped shape news and tech coverage. She's appeared on Cheddar News and also worked as a policy contributor for GenFKD. Hillary is certified in web design and earned a bachelor's degree in honors political science at the University of Michigan.
Colin Beresford is a student loans writer at NerdWallet who aims to help people make the best possible decisions when paying for an education. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he worked as an automotive business writer at Car and Driver magazine, and his work has appeared in Bloomberg, Nasdaq and the Los Angeles Times, among other outlets. Twitter: @colin_beresford.
Taylor Getler is a home and mortgages writer for NerdWallet. She previously covered design trends for Branding Times and has been quoted in industry outlets such as Adweek. Taylor is enthusiastic about financial literacy and helping consumers feel empowered to make smart, informed choices with their money.
Elizabeth Ayoola is a NerdWallet investing writer. She graduated from King's College London with a master's in environment, politics and globalization, and has over 10 years of writing experience. Her finance-related articles have appeared on platforms like MSN, Yahoo, PopSugar and Debt.com. During her free time, you can find Elizabeth writing content that teaches women how to be the best version of themselves.
Whitney Vandiver is a writer at NerdWallet. She previously wrote for the oil and gas industry and has been published in national journals and international magazines. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master's degree and doctorate in linguistics from Purdue University. When she's not writing about finances, she enjoys reading, writing her second novel and cuddling with her Irish wolfhound.
Kurt Woock started writing for NerdWallet in 2021. Prior to joining NerdWallet, Kurt taught people about retirement planning as an educator and writer, and before that he spent five years as an editor for the Colorado Legislature. Kurt earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Content Management Specialists
Content management specialists focus their content strategy, writing and editing skills on maintaining a library of content that's accurate and up to date.
Phil Metzger is a content management specialist focusing on mortgages, homebuying and homeownership for NerdWallet. He has been a journalist for many years, and his work has appeared in print and online at major newspapers, magazines and TV and radio stations. As a homeowner himself and investor in income property, Phil has a keen interest in issues such as housing inequality and affordability.
Ruth Sarreal is a content management specialist covering banking topics at NerdWallet. She has over a decade of experience writing and editing for consumer websites. She previously edited content on personal finance topics at GOBankingRates. Her work has been featured by Nasdaq, MSN, TheStreet and Yahoo Finance. Ruth earned bachelor’s degrees in English and communication studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Athena Cocoves Content Management Specialist
Athena Cocoves joined NerdWallet's international expansion team in 2020 and has focused her efforts on content strategy and planning in the United Kingdom and Canada. Before that, she was the managing editor of publications at Adams Street Publishing Co., where she edited arts and entertainment magazines. Athena is a three-time winner of the Press Club of Toledo's Touchstone Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Caitlin Mims is a content management specialist. Before joining NerdWallet, she was an editor at CreditCards.com. With six years’ experience as a financial writer and editor, Caitlin has covered credit cards, retirement planning and the financial challenges women face. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Dallas Baptist University.
Steve Miller Content Management Specialist
Steve Miller specializes in communicating complex ideas and presenting actionable information in an accessible and engaging package. Before joining NerdWallet, he worked as a writer and editor in the legal and academic publishing industries. He's researched and written on topics in finance, business and economics in addition to covering subjects in the arts, humanities and medicine.
Sabrina Parys Content Management Specialist
Sabrina Parys is a content management specialist on the taxes and investing team. Her previous experience includes five years as a project manager, copy editor and associate editor in academic and educational publishing. Sabrina earned a master's degree in publishing at Portland State University.
As advocates for the best possible user experience, copy editors ensure NerdWallet's content is clear, engaging and consistent.
Doreen Simon Senior Copy Editor
Doreen Simon was one of the first copy editors hired for NerdWallet's content team. Previously, she worked as a newspaper copy editor and news wire editor at the Mercury News in San Jose, Pacific Stars and Stripes in Tokyo and the Tri-City Herald. She started her career as a reporter and staff writer at a small-town newspaper after earning her bachelor's degree in journalism at Eastern Washington University.
Erica Harrington Senior Copy Editor
Erica Harrington is a senior copy editor at NerdWallet. She previously worked at CNN.com, editing national and international news. She also worked at the Chicago Tribune, where she edited local news including government, education, public safety, sports, entertainment and business. She taught English as a second language in Santiago, Chile, and wrote several white papers for the United Nations.
Sheri Gordon Senior Copy Editor
Sheri Gordon is a senior copy editor at NerdWallet. For 13 years, Sheri was on the business and metro desks at the Los Angeles Times, where she worked on stories that won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. Sheri has edited publications on politics, culture, food, education and activism. She has also edited books on water policy, healthy living and architecture. Sheri earned a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mary Makarushka Senior Copy Editor
Mary Makarushka is an editor on the home/mortgages team and has worked for NerdWallet since 2016. She has 15 years’ worth of experience as a writer and editor, including as managing editor of Bloomberg Personal Finance. She graduated from Barnard College and has a Master of Arts in journalism and mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jim McNett Copy Editor
Jim McNett has worked as a copy editor for several newspapers, including The Palm Beach Post in Florida, the Mercury News in San Jose and The Oregonian in Portland. He earned his bachelor's degree in communications/journalism at the University of Washington.
Stephanie Harris Copy Editor
Stephanie Harris has spent most of her writing and editing career working in digital content. As a freelance writer and editor, she worked with a wide variety of clients, from law publications to arts magazines, on multiple platforms. Prior to joining NerdWallet, she created content for Red Ventures and built a content team as managing editor for a digital marketing company.
Rachael Stuart Copy Editor
Rachael Stuart joined NerdWallet after working for e-commerce startups as an editor and marketing copywriter. Her skills are focused in managing style guides, highlighting subject matter expertise and maintaining error-free content. She has also freelanced for various publications as a proofreader, fact-checker and copywriter. Rachael holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.
Ashley Giacomini Copy Editor
Ashley Giacomini was previously a content strategist at Google, where she focused on editing, training, overseeing style guides and improving content quality at scale. She also wrote and managed articles for the Google Account help center for two years. Prior to that, Ashley was an editor for trade book and professional development publishers. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Stanford University.
Sandy Matke Copy Editor
Sandy Matke is a copy editor at NerdWallet. Previously, she was a freelance writer and editor covering technology, education, entertainment and e-commerce. She spent 13 years running communications for online ticket seller Goldstar. Her prior experience includes magazine publishing, corporate and academic communications and classroom teaching. She has dual bachelor's degrees in English and French.
Jessica Cano — Content Operations Coordinator
Jessica Cano is the operations coordinator for the team. She manages team communications and meetings, maintains internal resources, promotes morale and connection across the distributed team and provides direct administrative support to the senior director of content. She previously worked at Twitter supporting the diversity and inclusion team.
Media Partnerships team
Driving content strategy and consumer insights for our nationally syndicating stories, this team oversees pitches and pickups across a growing roster of media partners, including The Associated Press, MarketWatch, MSN and more.
Sharon Yep Head of Media Partnerships
Sharon Yep joined NerdWallet at its early stage as a copy editor. She later transitioned to our media partnerships team and was promoted to lead it. Her team partners with media organizations to educate consumers and expand the reach of NerdWallet's expertise in content coverage. 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 Freund joined NerdWallet in 2020 and works with syndication partners such as The Associated Press in ideation and content strategy. Previously, she worked at a Publicis public relations agency, focusing on content marketing and account management. Alexis graduated from DePauw University with bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and studio art.
Lauren Nash Senior Communications Specialist
Lauren Nash is on the media partnerships team at NerdWallet, where she works with local and national news outlets that syndicate NerdWallet content. Previously, she was on the public relations and communications teams at RealSelf and Zillow. Lauren earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in mass communication from Arizona State University.
What shapes our coverage?
As we work to provide clarity for all of life’s financial decisions, our team is committed to editorial independence. We've outlined the principles and practices that guide our sourcing, reporting, writing and editing.