About Kerry



Photo of Kerry Hannon by Elizabeth Dranitzke, Photopia

Kerry Hannon is a nationally recognized expert and strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, personal finance and retirement. She is a frequent TV and radio commentator and is a sought-after keynote speaker at conferences across the country.

Kerry has dedicated her work to making a difference in people’s lives, to give them confidence and the tools to succeed personally, professionally and financially. She offers her audiences and readers can-do expert advice on the best ways to empower themselves now and for the future.

She has spent more than two decades covering all aspects of careers, business and personal finance as a columnist, editor, and writer for the nation’s leading media companies, including The New York TimesForbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today.

Kerry’s work also regularly appeared in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Wall Street Journal, among other national publications.

She has appeared as a career expert on The Dr Phil Show. She has also appeared as a career and financial expert on ABC News, CBS, CNBC, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and PBS.

Kerry is the author of a dozen books, including Getting the Job You Want After 50, the award-winning Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness,(Wiley), which was the # 1 new release on Amazon, the GOLD Living Now Book Award for Personal Growth/Motivation winner, and What’s Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond (

Berkley Trade).

In 2018, Kerry’s national bestselling book Great Jobs For Everyone 50+ won two bronze medals in these prestigious Book of the Year Awards. It was the bronze medal winner in the career category for 2018 INDIES Book of the Year Awards. Over 2,000 entries were submitted in 68 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing the finalists, and a panel of over 150 librarians and booksellers acting as judges to pick the winners.

Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ won the 2018 Bronze in the General Audience Book Category at the 38th Annual EXCEL Awards. 300 finalists were selected from 841 entries. Winners were chosen for taking bold chances

 Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps you Happy and Health…and Pays the Bills (WIley, 2018) was the #1 New Release on Amazon and #1 Job Hunting Guide.

Kerry’s new book, Money Confidence: Really Smart Financial Moves for Newly Single Women (Post Hill Press, 2017) is distributed by Simon and Schuster and available worldwide.

Kerry is currently a columnist and regular contributor to The New York Times, AARP’s Jobs Expert and Great Jobs columnist, contributing editor and Second Verse columnist at Forbes, and the PBS website NextAvenue.org expert and regular columnist on personal finance, wealth management and careers for boomer women.

Kerry speaks and writes extensively, and has testified before Congress, about the needs of older workers and the changing workscape, as well as the importance of women taking charge of their own financial planning. Her work explores what women need to do, at all stages of their lives, to prepare themselves for a financially secure future.

Kerry has been honored as a fellow by The National Press Foundation, Columbia Journalism School and the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center’s Age Boom Academy and The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Journalists in Aging Fellows Program.

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.

Kerry is also the author of Getting Started in Estate Planning (Wiley), Suddenly Single: Money Skills for Divorcees and Widows (Wiley), which will soon be released as an updated revised e-book in the spring of 2016, 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, Pennsylvania, where she serves on The Board of Visitors, and received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

Kerry lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, documentary producer and editor, Cliff Hackel, and her Labrador retriever, Zena.

Follow Kerry on Twitter @KerryHannon, visit her website at KerryHannon.com, and check out her LinkedIn profile.


Praise for Kerry’s Work

Kerry Hannon unlocks the secrets to finding true career happiness in this smart, practical, and entertainingly written guide. Finding passion, value, and genuine satisfaction in the job you do is rare yet eminently desirable-and obtainable, as Hannon shows. Another first-rate effort from one of the top personal finance journalists in the field.” -Diane Harris, former Editor-in-chief, MONEY Magazine/Money.com

“I love the job Kerry Hannon did writing this excellent, practical book. As a noted authority on work and careers, she knows exactly what the rest of us need to do to become more fulfilled at our jobs. Take her advice and I’m confident you’ll get more out of work and more out of life.”Richard Eisenberg, Managing Editor, PBS NextAvenue.org


“Millions of older Americans will have to work longer to achieve a

secure retirement, but burnout can be a big obstacle. Now we’ve got

a thoughtful, fun-to-read action plan for staying engaged and passionate

about work from one of the best experts on careers after age

50—Kerry Hannon.”

—Mark Miller, retirement columnist for Reuters, Morningstar,

and WealthManagement.com

“Work should offer more than a paycheck. Work is also a big part of

the daily search for meaning, the desire for a sense of fulfillment,

the pursuit of community and connections. Kerry Hannon has

written an indispensable guide for people looking to find or reignite

purpose and joy in their job. Love Your Job reflects the wisdom she’s

gathered over the years interviewing, thinking, and writing about

jobs and careers—insights she brilliantly translates into practical

strategies for us to consider.”

—Chris Farrell, author of Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are

Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community,

and the Good Life

Once again, Kerry Hannon nails it—in a book that’s original, smart, and important. This book questions the

follow-your-dream mantra so prevalent today and instead provides insightful, practical advice that will work for

anyone, whatever the field, whatever the life stage, whatever the circumstances.”

—Marci Alboher, VP of Encore.org and author of The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a

Difference in the Second Half of Life

“The greatest feeling in life is knowing who you are, doing what you love, and living the life you enjoy. Kerry

Hannon leads you to that place. Don’t miss this book!”

—Richard Leider, international bestselling author of The Power of Purpose, Repacking Your Bags, and Life


“Love Your Job is a great addition to the AARP catalog. As people live longer, there’s ever more desire to get

the most out of the hours we spend at work. This book can help you cure the career blahs, tackle serious

burnout, and get your spark back.”

—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

 ”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

 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.”

Jane Pauley, CBS Sunday Morning



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