Kerry Hannon is a nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement and a frequent TV and radio commentator who speaks about and offers advice on career and personal finance trends.
She is the author of the gold‐medal award–winning What’s Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond (Berkley Trade, 2014), which USA Today hailed as “a road map for those striking out on their own.”
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 called it “a must read for anyone mulling what kind of work will work for you in the next phase of your life.”
She is currently writing Working After 50 For Dummies (Wiley) with AARP to be published in the fall of 2015.
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.
She is also a contributing editor at Forbes magazine and the Second Verse columnist at Forbes.com.
She is the PBS web site NextAvenue.org expert on personal finance and careers for boomer women and writes a regular column.
She is a Metlife Foundation and New America Media Fellow on Aging.
Kerry has been covering careers and individual career choices for more than a decade. In 2006, she developed U.S. News & World Report’s “Second Acts” feature—a regular column that looked at people who successfully navigated a complete career change in midlife, their challenges, and their motivations.
She has spent more than two decades covering all aspects of business and personal finance as a columnist, editor, and writer for the nation’s leading media companies, including Forbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today.
Kerry’s work has also appeared in BusinessWeek, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, The Wall Street Journal, and Reader’s Digest, among other national publications. She has appeared as a financial expert on ABC News, CBS, CNBC, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and PBS.
Kerry is also the author of Getting Started in Estate Planning (Wiley), Suddenly Single: Money Skills for Divorcees and Widows (Wiley) and the 10‐Minute Guide to Retirement for Women (Macmillan).
Her other books include: 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).
Kerry graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh Pa, where she serves on The Board of Visitors, and received a Bachelor of Art’s degree from Duke University. She is currently a member of an editorial board at Duke.
She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, documentary producer and editor Cliff Hackel, and her Labrador retriever, Zena.
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