Credible’s editorial team aims to help you understand personal finance topics that are important to you, including student loans, mortgages, personal loans, home insurance, auto insurance, and general personal finance. Our goal is to provide carefully researched, easily understandable information so that you can make informed decisions about your finances.

Credible is fiercely independent and so are our writers and staff. We’re here to help you stay on top of the latest news, trends, concepts, and changes in policy and regulations.

Ashley CoxAshley Cox headshot

Senior Editor

  • Personal finance editor for digital media for 3 years
  • Corporate retail and marketing communications for 3+ years
  • News editor and reporter for 3 years

Bio and experience

Ashley has edited a variety of digital personal finance content for the past three years, including credit cards, mortgages, personal loans, student loans, and more. She is passionate about helping people learn more about personal finance so that they can empower themselves and achieve their financial goals.

Ashley began her career as a journalist, working as a reporter and editor for print and broadcast news outlets. She also has a background in corporate retail communications, where she focused on web content and marketing communications development. Most recently before joining Credible, she was a copy editor at Credit Karma.

When she’s not editing, Ashley volunteers with a Great Dane rescue, takes trapeze classes (where she daydreams about running away and joining the circus), and hikes the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

Education

Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Samford University.


Jared Hughes

Editor

  • Digital content editor for 5+ years
  • Edited and wrote tourism content for 3 years
  • Avid gamer and fairy tale enthusiast
  • Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing (minor in English Literature)

Bio and experience

Jared Hughes is Credible’s student loan editor, a role he feels well-suited to fill considering his own experience with student loan debt. Jared took out federal student loans (both subsidized and unsubsidized) after thorough research and made a plan for paying it off monthly once he graduated. He’s currently still making payments and working toward his goal.

Through his own experience, he aims to be an empathetic source of understanding for borrowers looking for the best ways to repay their student loans.

Jared got his start editing online at an internship for Fairy Tale Review, a literary journal analyzing fairy tales. From there, he worked for a destination marketing agency where he specialized in editing and writing stories meant to inspire people to visit their favorite destinations in the US.

He also briefly tried his hand at freelance writing, creating website content for local businesses in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Before joining Credible, Jared was a content editor for Intuit, editing learning courses created for the QuickBooks sales team.

In his free time, Jared enjoys hiking the desert vistas of southern Arizona (when it’s not 100 degrees), writing his novel, and playing video games.

Education

Jared earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing with a minor in English from the University of Arizona.


Chris JenningsChris Jennings

Senior Editor

  • Writer and editor in the online financial media space for 4+ years
  • Bachelor’s degree in English
  • Proponent of the em dash

Bio and experience

As a Credible authority on mortgages and personal finance, Chris Jennings has covered topics that include mortgage loans, mortgage refinancing, and more. He’s been an editor and editorial assistant in the online personal finance space for four years, and his work has appeared in Fox Business. Before coming to Credible, he worked as a digital editor at GOBankingRates.

Chris takes pride in making challenging mortgage topics more accessible to the first-time homebuyer so that they feel empowered and confident in their journey toward owning a home.

When he’s not on the clock, he spends his time reading, writing fiction, watching sports, and browsing Zillow for homes he cannot afford.

Education

Chris received his bachelor’s degree in English from Illinois State University. While there, he edited for and contributed a weekly sports column to the student newspaper.


Kelly Larsen

Editor

  • Writer and editor for 9 years
  • Bachelor’s degree in English Literature
  • Financial editing experience in both the online media and app spaces

Bio and experience

Kelly Larsen has written and edited content that spans many personal finance topics, including buying a home, saving for retirement, and paying off student loans. She first started learning about the world of finance through her work at Finance101.com. In 2020, Kelly helped launch Paven, a financial well-being app.

Kelly’s diverse background includes working as a copywriter for an online driving school, writing a weekly column for an end-of-life blog, and proofreading nonfiction books on topics such as crocheting.

When she’s not helping others learn more about personal finance, she enjoys playing tennis and hanging out with her dog, Henry.

Education

Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University.


Maddie Lloyd

Editorial Assistant

  • Writer, reader, and editorial assistant for online media for 5 years
  • Master’s degree in English with a concentration in Film and Media Studies
  • Impassioned television watcher

Bio and experience

Prior to working at Credible, Maddie was a contributing writer for the career guide website Zippia, where she wrote and edited articles providing job-seeking advice and interviewing tips for readers in the career-hunting process. She has also worked for the literary agency Howland Literary and the magazine The Vincent Brothers Review as a manuscript reader and copy editor. Maddie entered the world of personal finance when she joined the team at Credible, and believes that being well-informed empowers people to be confident when making financial decisions.

When Maddie is not reading or writing, she can be found crafting with her cat, Sushi, by her side.

Education

Maddie earned her Bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and her Master’s degree from North Carolina State University, each in English with a concentration in Film and Media Studies. During her studies, Maddie discovered that television is a legitimate art form and that watching TV is an act of research. She wrote her Master’s thesis on The Sopranos, and enjoys dissecting every text she comes across.

Aly Yalealy j yale

  • Journalist focused on mortgage, real estate, and personal finance
  • Bachelor’s degree in communication
  • Published in Forbes, Fox Business, The Motley Fool, The Balance, and more

Bio and experience

Aly J. Yale has been a freelance writer and journalist for a decade, focusing largely on real estate, mortgage, and financial topics. Her work has been published in major publications such as Forbes, The Motley Fool, Bankrate, and Fox Business. Before going freelance, she worked at The Dallas Morning News as a reporter, section editor, and designer. She held positions at NBC, PBS, and Radio Disney.

Aly’s an avid Harry Potter fan (and self-proclaimed Ravenclaw) and spends most of her free time doing puzzles, playing board games, or wrangling her toddler twins.

Education

Aly received her bachelor’s degree from the Schieffer School of Communication at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. She double-majored in radio-TV-film and news-editorial journalism.


Amy FontinelleAmy Fontinelle author

  • Leading personal finance writer with nearly 15 years of journalism experience
  • Mortgage, insurance, and credit card expert
  • Finished college in three years to save money, and still graduated with honors

Bio and experience

Amy Fontinelle has been a personal finance journalist since 2006. Her work has been published by Forbes Advisor, The Motley Fool, Investopedia, International Business Times, MassMutual, and more.

Amy cares about making challenging personal finance topics easy to understand so people feel empowered to manage their finances and don’t get taken advantage of. She wants everyone to experience the peace of mind and freedom that come from financial security.

Amy spends much of her free time in the kitchen making her own pizza dough and ricotta cheese.

Education

Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis and a certificate in journalism from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Andrew Dunn

  • Journalist for more than 10 years covering business and finance
  • Mortgage expert
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism

Bio and experience

Andrew Dunn is an award-winning mortgage and finance writer with a decade of experience covering the industry with articles published at Fox Business, LendingTree, Credit Karma, Axios Charlotte, and more.

He thoroughly enjoys demystifying the process of applying for and closing on mortgages, especially to help people buy their first homes. Andrew’s work has been recognized numerous times by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the N.C. Press Association. Andrew has previously served as a managing editor for mortgage content at LendingTree. He lives in Charlotte, N.C.

Education

Andrew earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a certificate in business journalism and a minor in Spanish.


Angela Brown

  • 9-plus years’ experience writing in the personal finance and real estate sectors
  • Professional writer for 15+ years including work as a reporter and copy editor
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism

Bio and experience

Angela hates math (and hot dogs). But she loves money. She also loves helping people figure out how to reduce their expenses and invest wisely. Angela has an exhaustive background in personal finance topics including reverse mortgages, refinancing, personal loans, credit scores, debt, and student loans. Her work is published on Fox Business, LendingTree, 1800 Flowers, and FinanceBuzz.

When she’s not working, Angela loves planning Disney trips, reading a good book, and spending time with her family.

Education

Angela earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Brigham Young University—Idaho.


Anna Baluch

  • Personal finance freelance writer
  • Years of experience writing for well-known media outlets in the business and personal finance space
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing and an MBA

Bio and experience

Anna Baluch writes about a variety of personal finance topics including mortgages, debt management, student loans, personal loans, and more. Her work can be found on media outlets like The Balance, Freedom Debt Relief, Lending Tree, Credit Karma, NAV, and RateGenius.

Prior to freelance writing, Anna worked in SEO and affiliate marketing for a large home improvement company. When she’s not typing away on her computer in sunny Hudson, OH, she can be found working out, volunteering, trying new restaurants, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. You can find her on LinkedIn.

Education

Anna received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Northwood University and MBA from Roosevelt University.


Ben Luthi

  • Freelance writer focused on personal finance and travel.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business management with a finance emphasis.
  • Published in U.S. News, The New York Times, Fox Business, Forbes, FICO, and more.

Bio and experience

Ben has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, covering a wide range of personal finance topics. He’s also worked in the banking, auto finance, and life insurance industries.

Ben worked as a staff writer at NerdWallet and Student Loan Hero before becoming a full-time freelancer. He’s written about money and travel for dozens of publications and has provided money coaching services.

Education

Ben received his bachelor’s degree in business management with an emphasis on finance from Brigham Young University.


Choncé Maddox Rhea

  • Financial writer for 7+ years
  • Paid off student loans in 3 years
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism

Bio and experience

Choncé is a personal finance freelance writer who enjoys writing about mortgages, student loans, and helping people achieve financial wellness.

Having a background in journalism, Choncé decided to dive deep into the world of content writing in 2013 after noticing many publications transitioning to digital formats. Considering herself a long-time personal finance enthusiast, Choncé’s work has been featured on sites like Business Insider, Lending Tree, Fox Business, RateGenius, and more.

When she’s not writing, she is getting outdoors with her family, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, or obsessing over the next Medieval drama show on Netflix.

Education

Choncé received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications from Northern Illinois University.


Daria Uhlig

  • Writer and editor with over 25 years of editorial experience
  • Expertise in personal finance and real estate
  • Practicing Realtor

Bio and experience 

Daria Uhlig has more than a decade of experience writing and editing for personal finance, specializing in real estate and mortgage content. Her bylines have appeared on The Motley Fool, USA Today, MSN Money, CNBC, and Yahoo! Finance.

Daria has professional experience as an advertising copywriter and editor, as well as a marketing communications editor. Previously, she worked as a senior editorial assistant and freelance contributor to The Oxford English Dictionary.

Daria is also a Realtor in Maryland where she has lived since 2011. In her free time, she can often be found camera in hand, photographing people and places on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Education

Daria studied mass communications at Centenary University in New Jersey.


Emily Guy-Birken

  • Retirement expert
  • Expert in behavioral finance
  • Over 10 years of experience in financial journalism
  • Author of five books on personal finance

Bio and experience

Emily started as a blogger-for-hire in 2010, during a brief pause from teaching high school English that became permanent.

She has written about every money topic under the sun, from student loans to retirement, has been featured on Forbes, Kiplinger’s, Huffington Post, MSN Money, and The Washington Post online, and authored 5 books.

Emily’s background in education allows her to make complex financial topics relatable and easily understood by the layperson.

Thanks to her lifelong fascination with the psychology of money, she focuses on helping her readers understand the why of money, and not just the what and how. Emily lives in Milwaukee with her engineer husband, two elementary-aged sons, a retired racing greyhound, and a cat that doubles as a throw pillow.

Education

Emily studied French Literature and English with an emphasis in creative writing at Kenyon College. She has a Master’s of English Education from The Ohio State University.


Erin Gobler 

  • 8+ years of online writing experience
  • Personal finance expertise in mortgages, loans, credit cards, and more
  • Bylines in Fox Business, Credit Karma, Business Insider, and more

Bio and experience

Erin Gobler is a freelance personal finance writer with more than eight years of experience writing online. She’s passionate about making the financial services industry more accessible by breaking down complicated financial topics in simple terms.

As a personal finance writer, Erin covers topics like mortgages, loans, credit cards, investing, and more. Her work has been published in Fox Business, Credit Karma, Business Insider, and more.

Before becoming a financial writer, Erin worked in public policy at the state government level, helping to research, analyze, and pass legislation in the state of Wisconsin.

Education

Erin studied Journalism and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She also received a certificate in public affairs from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is in the process of completing her certificate in financial planning.


Jacqueline DeMarco

  • Personal finance writer for 7+ years.
  • Graduated cum laude from the University of California Irvine (Literary Journalism and Digital Art)
  • Works with dozens of publications and brands to create financial content

Bio and experience

Jacqueline has worked with more than a dozen financial brands, including LendingTree, Credit Karma, Fundera, Chime, MagnifyMoney, Student Loan Hero, ValuePenguin, SoFi and Northwestern Mutual, providing thoughtful content to give readers insight into complex topics that they likely didn’t learn in school. When digging deep into financial research, a cup of tea or two usually helps keeps her going.

During college, Jacqueline interned at a retirement plan advisory firm and was tasked with creating a presentation on the importance of financial wellness. During her research into how money can affect our health, relationships and career, Jacqueline realized just how important financial education is.

Education

Jacqueline received a bachelor’s degree in Literary Journalism from the University of California Irvine.


Jamie Johnson

  • Expert in personal finance and small business lending
  • Has written for Rocket Mortgage, Credit Karma, Business Insider, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, among many others
  • Has published more than 2,000 personal finance articles

Bio and experience

For the past five years, Jamie has dedicated more than 10,000 hours of research and writing to more than 2,000 articles about personal finance topics, including credit cards and building credit. Jamie is passionate about personal finance and believes that with just a few small changes, anyone can begin changing their financial situation for the better.

In addition to contributing to Credible, Jamie’s Past and current clients include Credit Karma, Insider, Bankrate, Rocket Mortgage, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Quicken Loans, and The Balance.

Education

Jamie attended the University of Kansas where she studied Psychology.


Janet Berry-Johnson

  • Certified Public Accountant for more than 12 years
  • Personal finance writer for 5+ years
  • Bachelors in Accounting

Bio and experience

Janet Berry-Johnson is an authority on income taxes and small business accounting. Before leaving the accounting world to focus on freelance writing, she specialized in income tax consulting and compliance for individuals and small businesses.

Janet is passionate about helping people make sense of complicated tax, accounting and personal finance topics.

Janet has written for several well-known media outlets, including The New York Times, Forbes.com, and Business Insider. In 2021, Canopy named her one of the Top 10 Influential Women in Accounting and Tax.

She lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, son, and rescue dog, Dexter. Outside of writing and talking tax, she enjoys reading, playing Mah Jongg, and being a sports mom.

You can find her on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

Education

Janet received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Morrison University and her CPA license from the State of Nevada in 2009.


Jerry Brown

  • Personal finance writer with more than three years of experience
  • Bachelors degrees in Business Administration and Business Management
  • Owner of the blog Peerless Money Mentor
  • Plutus award nominee for best social media for personal finance

Bio and experience

Jerry Brown is a personal finance writer and owner of the Peerless Money Mentor blog. After reaching out to J. Money, founder of Budgets Are Sexy, in 2017 to learn how to start a personal finance blog, Jerry followed his advice to write his heart out. Doing so has landed him in major publications, such as Forbes Advisor, Business Insider, and Rocket Mortgage.

Jerry is such a personal finance nerd that he often stays up late at night reading personal finance news. His mission is to help others master their finances so they can live a better life. Jerry received a bachelor’s in business administration and a bachelor’s in business management from the University of New Orleans. You can find him on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

Education

Jerry received a bachelor’s in business administration and a bachelor’s in business management from the University of New Orleans.


Kathryn Pomroy

  • Financial journalist for more than 9 years
  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a minor in Finance
  • Founder/owner of UpNorth Writer LLC

Bio and experience

Kathryn is a writer and editor providing results-driven copy in a variety of voices and styles to support clients’ content strategy. She makes complex concepts easy to understand in the financial space. Kathryn maintains an in-depth understanding of the financial industry, creates original content and enhances existing content while incorporating SEO best practices.

Kathryn confidently writes both internal and external communications, long- and short-form articles, marketing collateral, blog posts, and white papers. She has written for Finder.com, FundThrough, Quinstreet, Credible, Intuit/Quickbooks, HomeLight, and more — all while keeping a creative flair intact.

Education

Kathryn earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University. Her minor was in Finance.


Kevin Payne

  • Personal finance writer for five years
  • Owner of Family Money Adventure
  • Avid family traveler

Bio and experience

Kevin Payne is a family travel and finance expert. After he and his wife added two girls to their family through adoption, Kevin got serious about taking control of their finances so their family could still enjoy their favorite pleasures, like travel. Now, he’s self-employed and spends his free time traveling with his wife and four kids.

Kevin writes about credit cards, travel, student loans, saving money, homeownership, and career and entrepreneurship. His work has been featured in Forbes Advisor, The Ascent, FInance Buzz, Slick Deals, Student Loan Planner, and more. You can find him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Education

Kevin is in the process of becoming an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC).


Kim PorterKim Porter author

  • Credit and mortgage expert
  • Financial journalist for 10 years serving two dozen media outlets across the U.S.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in Asian studies

Bio and experience

Kim Porter started writing about personal finance a decade ago, when she and her husband had about $150,000 in student loan debt. They are now debt-free homeowners who love to travel. Porter is an expert in credit, mortgages, student loans, and debt management.

In addition to covering mortgages for Credible, she’s a regular contributor for personal finance websites including U.S. News & World Report, Reviewed.com, Bankrate, and Credit Karma. An avid traveler and runner, she plans to complete a race on each of the seven continents.

Education

Kim received her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in Asian studies from the University of Florida. She’s studied Mandarin in China and German in Switzerland.


Laura Agadoni

  • Real estate writer
  • Real estate investor and landlord
  • REALTOR®

Bio and experience

Laura Agadoni, author of “New Home Journal: Record All the Repairs, Upgrades and Home Improvements During Your Years at…,” is a real estate writer, landlord, and REALTOR®. Her work has been featured in various publications, such as The Motley Fool, Trulia, JLL Real Views, USA Today, Yahoo Finance, Avail, Apartments.com, and loanDepot.

Laura became an accidental landlord after inheriting her parents’ California ranch home during the real estate crash of 2008. Since then, she’s bought more properties to manage and focuses her writing on real estate issues.

Laura is also a wife and mother of three grown children. When she isn’t working, she’s dog-walking, biking, or playing tennis.

Education

Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University and lives in Marietta, Georgia.


Lauren Bowling

  • Financial journalist for more than 8 years serving some of the largest and best-known media outlets in the world such as The Huffington Post, Fox Business, and more.
  • Bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • My personal finance blog, Financial Best Life, was founded in 2012 and acquired by Soapbox, a division of The Motley Fool, in 2019.
  • Licensed real estate agent and millennial home buying expert.

Bio and experience

Lauren Bowling is an award-winning blogger and freelance writer whose work and financial expertise has been featured on The Huffington Post, Fox Business, CNBC, Forbes, Business Insider, Redbook, and Woman’s Day Magazine. After selling her website, Financial Best Life, to Soapbox, a division of The Motley Fool, in 2019, Bowling obtained her real estate license. Still writing about money and real estate, Bowling additionally works as an agent and investor and enjoys flipping houses in her spare time.

Education

Lauren is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received a bachelor’s degree that isn’t in finance.


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Sarah Li Cain

  • Financial writer for 6+ years and written for major outlets worldwide
  • Candidate for Accredited Financial Counselor Certification
  • Has lived and worked in five countries

Bio and experience

Sarah is a former elementary teacher and started freelance writing on the side for fun. Before moving to the U.S. she decided to learn more about how personal finance works and grew this newfound obsession into a successful writing career, writing for major outlets such as Bankrate, CNBC Select, and NextAdvisor (in partnership with Time).

Sarah’s passion is for writing about topics aimed towards underserved communities, such as U.S. newcomers and the unbanked. Her background helps her to break down complex topics that are both digestible and actionable.

In her spare time she can be found trying to successfully grow a garden in her Florida home, baking with her son, and hiking.

Education

Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree in Education and English literature from York University in Canada.


Stephanie Colestock

  • Personal finance writer for more than 11 years
  • Avid traveler and book-reader
  • Candidate for CFP®

Bio and finance experience

Stephanie is a DC-based writer who has more than 11 years of experience in writing about investing, business, and personal finances. Her contributions include outlets such as Yahoo! Finance, MSN, Investopedia, Credit Karma, Credible, and more.

When Stephanie isn’t writing about finances, you can find her either traveling, reading a good book, or exploring the outdoors with her husband and two young sons. You can find her on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

Stephanie is a former managing editor of personal finance website Dough Roller.

Education

Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and is in the process of earning her CFP® certification.


Tara MastroeniTara Mastroeni

  • Real estate and personal finance expert
  • Freelance journalist with more than a decade of experience writing for some of the industry’s leading publications
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Media Production
  • Featured as a subject matter expert on “Innovators with Jane King” and the “American Trends” podcast

Bio and experience

Tara Mastroeni has a passion for promoting financial literacy. As a Freelance Real estate and Personal Finance Writer for well-known media outlets like Forbes, Business Insider, and The Motley Fool, she specializes in breaking down complex financial concepts so that they are easy for readers to understand. Outside of work, she is also very proud to have recently purchased and renovated her first home, which she hopes to someday turn into an investment property.

Even when she’s not writing, Tara is passionate about promoting financial literacy. She spends much of her free time volunteering with an organization committed to connecting people with the resources necessary to master the financial aspects of their lives. You can find her on LinkedIn and on Twitter.

Education

Tara received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Production from Emerson College in Boston, MA.


Taylor MedineTaylor Medine

  • Certified Financial Education Instructor
  • Personal finance writer with over seven years of experience
  • Bylines in Bankrate, Experian, The Balance, Business Insider, Credit Karma, and more

Bio and experience

Taylor Medine is a Certified Financial Education Instructor and finance writer with over seven years of experience writing books, courses, guides, and articles that demystify personal finance topics, such as how to repay debt, build credit, shop for credit cards, and more.

In 2013, Taylor started documenting her efforts to stretch a dollar as a recent college grad on a personal blog while working in the hospitality and property management industries. Eventually, her passion for finance writing grew into a full-time career.

Taylor’s work has been featured on Bankrate, Experian, The Balance, Business Insider, Credit Karma, and more. She’s also the author of The 60-Minute Money Plan, a self-published intro to budgeting guide for people who hate budgeting.

Education

Taylor Medine holds a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management degree from Temple University.


Tim Maxwell

  • Credit and loan expert
  • Financial writer with over two decades of experience in the media.
  • Former broadcast news journalist

Bio and experience

Tim is passionate about making complex personal finance topics easy to understand and empowering people to take control of their finances.

Tim’s work has appeared in several publications, including USA Today, Washington Post, Bankrate, Lending Tree, and Credible. He also publishes Incomist, a personal finance site that focuses on paying off debt by earning extra income in creative ways. You can find him on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

Tim began his career as a broadcast news writer and field journalist. He later worked in digital media roles at 20th Century Fox and NBC Universal before becoming a full-time personal finance writer.

Tim is an avid movie fan and loves a good anti-hero like Tony Soprano or Jax Teller. He’s been involved in several films as well, including X-Men, Gone Girl and The Martian. When he’s not writing, Tim loves pursuing new adventures with his family in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Education

Tim received his bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Fresno State University.

Past contributors

Ashley Harrison

  • Writer and editor for online financial media for 3 years
  • Bachelor’s degree in English (emphasis on creative writing)
  • Serial user of the Oxford comma

As an authority on personal finance, Ashley Harrison has covered topics that include student loans, personal loans, and more. She’s been an editor and editorial assistant in the online personal finance space for three years.


Dori Zinn

  • Covering personal finance for nearly a decade
  • Bylines in Wirecutter, Quartz, Bankrate, Credit Karma, Huffington Post, and more
  • Past president of the Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

Dori Zinn has been a resident expert in personal finance for nearly a decade. Her writing has appeared in Wirecutter, Quartz, Bankrate, Credit Karma, Huffington Post, and more. She previously worked as a staff writer at Student Loan Hero.


Eric RosenbergEric Rosenberg

  • Finance writer with more than a decade of experience covering personal finance, mortgages and business topics
  • Serial entrepreneur and founder of Personal Profitability blog, podcast, and YouTube channel
  • Writer, speaker, podcaster, and YouTuber with a focus on helping you improve your finances

Eric Rosenberg is a finance, travel, and technology writer in Ventura, California. His work has been featured at Business Insider, Investopedia, The Balance, The Huffington Post, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, Mint.com, and many other fine outlets.


Jamie Youngjamie young

  • Writer and editor for online media for 10 years
  • Financial journalist for 5+ years
  • Debt-free since 2018

Jamie Young is an authority on personal finance, covering everything from student loans to personal loans, and general finance. Her work has appeared on some of the best-known media outlets including Time, CBS News, Huffington Post, Business Insider, AOL, MSN, and more.


Josh Patoka

  • Financial writer for 5+ years
  • Paid off student loans six years early
  • Likes to earn passive income

His work has been published on Fox Business and several award-winning personal finance blogs including Well Kept Wallet, Wallet Hacks, and Frugal Rules.


Kat TretinaKat Tretina

  • Financial writer with over 7 years of experience working with major publications
  • Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communications
  • Paid off student loans years ahead of schedule by selling thrift store finds on eBay and other side hustles

Kat Tretina is an authority on student loans. After dealing with student loans and medical debt herself, Kat Tretina is focused on helping people conquer their debt and boost their incomes. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, MarketWatch, and more.


Lindsey VanSomerenlindsay vansomeren author

  • Personal finance writer since 2015
  • Knows what it’s like to have money problems
  • Paid off student loans 15 years ahead of schedule

Lindsay VanSomeren specializes in credit and loans. Her work has appeared on Credit Karma, Forbes Advisor, LendingTree, and more.


Matt Carter

  • Journalist with 20 years of experience reporting, writing and editing for print and online publications
  • Areas of focus: How technology and new business models are changing residential real estate and financial services
  • Will not be taking out parent PLUS loans when my son goes to college

As a writer, editor and student loan authority, Matt Carter brings his experience as a journalist to bear tracking financial industry trends of importance to consumers. Matt produces news and analysis pieces intended to help consumers stay abreast of trends and make smart decisions about borrowing and managing their existing debt.


Miranda Marquitmiranda marquit

  • Financial writer with 15 years of experience
  • MBA and M.A. in Journalism
  • Plutus Award winner for freelancing, blogging, and long-time contributions to the independent financial media space

Miranda has been writing about money on the internet for 15 years and has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She’s contributed to numerous media outlets, including NPR, Marketwatch, FOX Business, The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and more.