Personal Finance Writing Samples

In May 2018 I began working as a staff editor/writer for ValuePenguin, a personal finance website that advises its readers on how best to spend their money and time. Even though the thought of doing math terrifies me, I relish the challenge of creating compelling, interesting content on a subject matter almost everyone cares about—money! The samples linked below represent my best efforts in that regard, though you can always find more here. Enjoy!

 
 
Bezos shows no mercy for fake reviews.

Bezos shows no mercy for fake reviews.

The World of Fake Amazon Reviews

Did you know that not everything you read on the internet is true? Well hold on to your butts, because this feature involves shines a spotlight on some of the most unsavory parts of the Amazon empire that doesn’t involve bathroom breaks in warehouses.

 
Don’t worry, none of the moms in this story are as bad as Tanning Bed Mom.

Don’t worry, none of the moms in this story are as bad as Tanning Bed Mom.

When Mom Steals Your Identity

Identity theft isn’t just the work of anonymous online scammers—more often it’s someone who changed your diaper and gave you time outs. This heartbreaking tale of a mother who racked up thousands of dollars of debt in her daughter’s name should not be read near Mother’s Day.

 
I interviewed the five people who love candy corn, but it didn’t make the story.

I interviewed the five people who love candy corn, but it didn’t make the story.

How Candy Conquered Halloween

Personal finance doesn’t just have to mean credit cards, interest rates, and 28-year-old hedge fund managers sharing their secrets to financial success (hint: be a hedge fund manager). This story explores the history of candy’s relationship with Halloween, and how our evolving sweet tooth reflected larger trends in America’s culture.