Hi, thanks for visiting. I'm a personal finance, business and tech journalist, and contributor at Forbes, where I write about personal finance, career and the economy. I'm author of the Forbes ebook, The Millennial Game Plan: Career And Money Secrets To Succeed In Today's World. You'll also see my byline regularly in Fortune and ZDNet. I recently served as features editor at the business innovation publication CBS SmartPlanet, until it closed in July 2014, where I oversaw the work of more than 25 writers around the globe.
Born and raised in Ohio, I attended college at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where I wrote for The Stanford Daily and fell in love with Northern California and Stanford's Olympic-sized swimming pool. For half a year, I also studied at Oxford University's St. Catherine's College -- in between frequent jaunts around Europe. I graduated from Stanford Phi Beta Kappa with Honors and a degree in Modern Thought and Literature.
My work experience includes positions as assistant producer and reporter at Newsweek.com; editor on the technology desk at The Wall Street Journal Online; and producer for The New York Times on the Web. At Nytimes.com, I managed the Real Estate and Around Town sections, creating two weekly columns for Real Estate: Apartment Envy, a popular series about New York apartments (Slate.com wrote an article about the column), and Blueprints, a regular feature on New York apartment buildings. For several years, I worked as a freelance writer for a number of magazines, newspapers and Web sites. Most recently, I served as senior editor at LearnVest.
In 2008, I earned a Master of Arts from the Columbia School of Journalism, concentrating in science journalism. At Columbia, I also served on the Earth Institute Student Advisory Council and organized a panel on media coverage of climate change that featured Bill Blakemore of ABC, John Rennie of Scientific American and Andrew Revkin of The New York Times.
Aside from journalism, I also love travel, dance, yoga and foreign culture and languages. After college, I taught English in Bandung, Indonesia and hiked in tea plantations, saw Komodo dragons, learned to SCUBA dive and visited many of Indonesia's islands. The places I've traveled to most frequently include England, Italy and Austria, but the spots that stole my heart are Ladakh in northern India, the Aeolian islands off the northern coast of Sicily, and Fraser Island in Australia.
I have practiced yoga for more than a decade (and completed two teacher-trainings), and I devoted a few years' worth of late nights to learning Argentine tango, which I wrote about in this essay. Over the years, I've also picked up a few languages, including Spanish, Indonesian, Italian and a smidgen of Korean. Since I don't speak any of these other languages fluently, you can also find me absorbed in an English language book or magazine. Some favorite publications are The New Yorker, New York magazine and Slate, and beloved books include Mrs. Dalloway, Seabiscuit, Unbroken, Random Family, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, and Nothing to Envy.