About Kerry

Photo by Elizabeth Dranitzke, Photopia

Photo by Elizabeth Dranitzke, Photopia

Kerry Hannon is a is a nationally known expert on careers/jobs, retirement and personal finance.

She’s a contributing editor to Forbes magazine and writes the “Second Verse” column for Forbes.com.

She is AARP’s Jobs Expert and writes the “Great Jobs” column.

She is the PBS web site NextAvenue.org expert on personal finance and careers  for boomer woment and writes a weekly column.

She writes regularly for The New York Times and Money magazine.

Hannon’s latest book is the national bestseller Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy … And Pays the Bills, ( John Wiley & Sons, September 2012), which is available at booksellers nationwide.

This book has landed on a number of best-of lists, including The Wall Street Journal’s, which named it in 2012 as one of their six best guides for later life.



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”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.”

–USA Today

Hannon is also the author of award-winning What’s Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job (Chronicle Books, 2010). What’s Next was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) on May 2011 at The 15th annual, 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Business and Career category. The book was also awarded the Bronze Medal at the 2011 Axiom Business Book Awards in the Career category. Axiom Business Book Awards are designed to honor the year’s best business books and their authors and publishers.

She is a featured contributor to 65 Things To Do When You Retire (Sellers Publishing, 2012).

  • Hannon is a MetLife Foundation Fellow On Aging.
  • She is the Money section book review columnist for USA Today.
  • Hannon 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. She was a regular women and money columnist for iVillage.com.
  • Hannon’s work has been published in The New York Times, AARP The Magazine, CBS MoneyWatch.com, and in AARP Bulletin Today, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, Institutional Investor and Advertising Age, among other national publications.

She has appeared as a financial and career expert on ABC News, CBS, Fox, CNBC, CNN, and PBS and has been a guest on numerous radio programs, including National Public Radio’s “Talk of The Nation” and ”Making a Living” on SIRIUS XM radio show.

Hannon’s previous books include Getting Started In Estate Planning (John Wiley & Sons, 2000), Suddenly Single: Money Skills for Divorcees and Widows (John Wiley & Sons, 1998), Ten Minute Guide to Retirement for Women (MacMillan Publishing, 1996), and 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).

Hannon 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.


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



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