Kerry Hannon is a bestselling author and Washington, DC-based career, retirement and personal finance expert, and a popular motivational speaker.
Kerry’s book Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy … And Pays the Bills (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) is a national bestseller. The Wall Street Journal’ named it one of their six best guides for later life.
Her updated paperback version of her award-winning book, What’s Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond (Berkley Trade, 2014) is now available.
Kerry has spent more than 25 years covering all aspects of personal finance for the nation’s leading media companies, including The New York Times, Forbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. She is a nationally recognized authority on boomer career transitions and retirement.
Kerry is a columnist and regular contributor to The New York Times and a contributing writer for Money magazine.
She is AARP’s Jobs Expert and is the Great Jobs columnist for AARP.org.
Kerry is a contributing editor at Forbes Magazine and the Second Verse columnist for Forbes.com and is recognized as the Forbes’ bard of career transitions and “working” retirement issues.
She is the PBS web site NextAvenue.org expert on career and personal finance for boomer women and writes a weekly column.
She is a Metlife Foundation and New America Media Fellow on Aging.
Kerry is also the author of Getting Started In Estate Planning (John Wiley & Sons), Suddenly Single: Money Skills for Divorcees and Widows (John Wiley & Sons), Ten Minute Guide to Retirement for Women (MacMillan Publishing). She is also the author of You and Your Money: A Passage from Debt to Prosperity (Credit Education Group, 2005). She has published one non-fiction saga of an American Indian Trading Post, Trees in a Circle: The Teec Nos Pos Story (Teec Nos Pos Trading Post).
She has appeared as a financial expert on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. ABC News, CBS, Fox, CNBC, CNN, and PBS and has been a guest on numerous radio programs.
Kerry has previously served as a reporter and personal finance columnist for USA Today and as a writer and editor for U.S. News & World Report, Money, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and Forbes.
Kerry graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh Pa and received a Bachelor of Art’s degree from Duke University. She is currently a member of an editorial board at Duke.
Praise for Kerry’s Work
”Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy . . . and Pays the Bills by AARP columnist Kerry Hannon is a must read for anyone mulling what kind of work will work for you in the next phase of your life.”
–The Wall Street Journal.
“A practical, empowering and all-encompassing career resource.”
What People Say About Kerry
“Kerry Hannon is one of the best and most experienced personal finance writers in the country.”
Ray Goldbacher, Money Editor, USATODAY.com
“Kerry Hannon is a top-rate personal finance journalist who is filled with smart, practical advice that can help you get your life on the right financial track.”
Diane Harris, Executive Editor, Money Magazine
“Kerry reported on the phenomenon that Civic Ventures is promoting — the idea of encore careers that combine purpose, passion and paychecks for people in the second half of life. Her writing is first rate; she always understands the nuances of a story and tells it in a way that is both honest and compelling.”
Jim Emerman , Executive Vice President , Civic Ventures
“Curiously, there aren’t many good books targeted at this crowd, but a strong one has just been published,
written by the award-winning journalist Kerry Hannon. It’s called AARP Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ .”
Gary Belsky, Time
“More and more people have realized the importance of following their passions. But if you can’t make money at it, it’s your hobby. Follow Hannon’s road-map to make sure you’re on the way to a passionate—and prosperous—career.”
Jean Chatzky, Best-selling Author, The Today Show
“Kerry Hannon offers specific and practical advice as well as inspiring stories to help anyone thinking about changing careers.”
Mike Cuthbert, host AARP Radio
“Hannon provides practical advice on landing the job of your dreams.”
AARP/Your Life Calling with Jane Pauley, The Today Show