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Jean  Chatzky

Jean Chatzky

Personal Finance Expert & Journalist

Jean Chatzky

Personal Finance Expert & Journalist


Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s Today Show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador, and the host of Money Matters with Jean Chatzky on RLTV. She is a longtime magazine columnist and the best-selling author of eight books, the latest of which is Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security. She believes that knowing how to manage money is one of the most important life skills for people at every age and has made it her mission to help simplify money matters by increasing financial literacy. To that end, she recently launched Jean Chatzky's Money School—online classes on crucial financial topics like saving, budgeting, getting out of debt, and planning for retirement—that she teaches herself at JeanChatzky.com.

Chatzky’s books include the New York Times bestseller Money 911: Your Most Pressing Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved. Her book The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times received the 2009 Books for a Better Life Award in the personal finance category. She is also the author of the New York Times and Business Week bestseller Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 a Day, which was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show’s successful “debt diet” series.

Chatzky is a sought-after motivational speaker and a respected consultant to businesses and company executives. She regularly shares her advice and opinions as a guest on popular television shows such as The View, The Talk, and Morning Joe and made regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In 2009, the Consumer Federation of America awarded her the Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award for her nearly two decades of pioneering personal finance education. She has also received the Clarion Award for magazine columns from the Association of Women in Communications and a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television. The Chicago Tribune named her one of the country’s best magazine columnists.

In addition to her professional work, Jean Chatzky serves on the board of the Children’s Heart Foundation and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she is also a member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women and on the board of the Kelly Writers House.

Speaker Videos

AARP Financial Security and Boomer Women Forum

American Express OPEN for Women: CEO BootCamp

Speech Topics

Your Money & Your Life: Where Do You Go from Here?

It's a whole new ballgame. From the way you save and invest for today to how you plan and protect yourself for the future, the rules of the financial world have changed forever. Today Show financial editor Jean Chatzky had a seat at the table for the shake-up and she'll tell you—in plain English—about the moves you need to make now to insure a life of financial comfort for you and your family.

Women & Money

Anyone who tells you women don't need financial advice specifically for them is wrong. Women, whether they're the caretakers, the breadwinners, or both, face a unique set of financial challenges. But, as a decade of research into neuroeconomics and behavioral psychology has revealed, women are also uniquely qualified to handle them. In her frank, often funny, always compassionate way, Jean Chatzky takes every audience of women through the steps they need to take today to live comfortably (and worry-free) tomorrow.

What the Country’s Wealthiest, Most Successful People Do Differently

Why is it that some people seem to move relatively easily from a paycheck-to-paycheck life into financial comfort or wealth while others get stuck, or worse, fall back? Today Show financial editor Jean Chatzky reveals the findings of her proprietary study of 5,000 people that shows wealthy, successful people have both habits and personality traits that less successful individuals are missing. With candor and humor, she'll show audiences how they can get their own dose of this secret sauce.