56 Buxton Road, Bedford Hills, NY  10507        914-241-1409
As a veteran consumer and finance journalist, I help people make decisions about buying products and services, managing money, donating to charity and avoiding fraud. I specialize in writing enterprise, investigative and feature stories that examine trends, uncover wrongdoing and provide advice.

I am a passionate, curious and aggressive journalist who enjoys digging into the subjects I cover to find those hidden gotchas. I'm considered a national subject expert in many areas, including consumer law. I stress accuracy and fairness, realizing as well that the most useful stories interpret the facts.

I enjoy writing in fun and creative ways, especially when blogging. I maintain a long list of story ideas for the latest scams, trends, money-saving tips, laws and regulations, court decisions and more.


•  Consumer and contract law
•  Fraud and scams
•  Shopping and saving money
•  Product advertising and marketing
•  Warranties and service contracts
•  Saving and banking
•  Car buying, leasing and maintenance
•  Consumer credit
•  Money management
•  Charitable giving
•  Identity theft and personal privacy
•  Auto and homeowners insurance
•  Computers, technology and free software

Related skills

•  Search engine optimization using such tools
     as Google AdWords
•  Posting on social media, including Facebook,            LinkedIn and Twitter
•  Consumer-related mathematics,
     including loan, auto leasing, and
     compound interest calculations
•  Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe CQ, the
     K4 publishing system, basic HTML and
     many freeware programs

Personal interests

•  Short fiction writing
•  Classical and New Age music composition
•  Photography


State University of New York, Oswego, NY. Bachelor of Arts: English/Writing Arts
Professional Experience

Freelance Consumer Writer – Various dates to current. Writing consumer and charity stories for such publications as Consumer Reports, AlterNet, Investopedia, SafeBee, Woman's Day and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Associate Finance Editor, Money Team, Consumer Reports – November 2005 to July 2018. Researching and writing stories and blogs for Consumer Reports and ShopSmart magazines, Consumer Reports Online, the Money Adviser newsletter, and new- and used car and electronics buying guides.

Specializing in consumer law; fraud and scams; personal finance; car buying, leasing and maintenance; credit, debit, and gift cards; banking; privacy; and charitable giving. Collaborating with autos, electronics, home and health editorial and testing teams; survey and statistics departments; and advocates.

Representing Consumer Reports as a subject matter expert for such media outlets as Good Morning America, World News Tonight, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, The Washington Post, Los Angles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Associated Press, National Public Radio and many more.

Consumer Affairs Writer, The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT – April 1986 to May 1997. Writing news, enterprise, and investigative stories on regional and national consumer issues. Covering the Connecticut Attorney General, Department of Consumer Protection, the Connecticut legislature, Department of Public Utility Control, and federal consumer agencies.

Preparing weekly product recall and charitable-giving columns. Directing bureau reporters’ coverage of consumer stories. Providing backup for education, environment and medical beats.

Metro Reporter, The Hartford Courant – September 1984 to April 1986. Covering two Hartford metropolitan area towns, including government, schools, courts and politics. Writing news and feature stories on local issues and people.
Consumer and Finance
About me
Consumer news, tips, commentary and musings