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Personal Finance Media Shake-Up

Lauren Carmody

As PR professionals, we have become accustomed to changes in the media landscape, including the consolidation of media and the shifts of reporters from one news organization to another.

However, over the last few months, we have noticed a particular isolated shift among personal finance reporters, which we thought might be useful to view as a top 10 list. Below is our list of top 10 personal finance reporter changes we’ve noted over the last few months. Please consider the list more of an “informational draft pick list” versus a “Jay Leno list,” or you will be sorely disappointed!

Top 10 Personal Finance/Investing/Wealth Management Moves and Changes:

  1. Mary Pilon moves from The Wall Street Journal (personal finance) to The New York Times’ sports desk.
  2. Reuters: Jilian Mincer moves from Dow Jones/SmartMoney (a personal finance veteran at the shop) to the Reuters personal finance team. Jessica Toonkel has joined Reuters as a reporter on the wealth management team. She was most recently a reporter at InvestmentNews. Jessica will be covering issues related to the sale of retirement products, mutual funds, and other products sold through brokers and investment advisors. Jed Horowitz has been appointed a senior correspondent at Reuters. He previously served as a financial companies editor at Reuters, building coverage of retail brokerage and leading an initiative in wealth management. Suzanne Barlyn has joined the wealth management team at Reuters covering compliance, regulatory and oversight developments affecting financial advisers.  She was previously the “compliance watch” columnist at Dow Jones and a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal.
  3. AOL Daily Finance: Catherine New is now a real estate and personal finance staff writer. Sheryl Nance-Nash has been named a staff writer at AOL Daily Finance. She has previously written for Money. Laura Rowley has joined AOL DailyFinance as a senior writer covering retirement, money and happiness and other personal finance topics. Rowley had been a columnist for Yahoo! Finance since 2005, is a former reporter and producer for CNN Business News and author of five business books.
  4. Stan Rosenberg, a special writer who covers public finance and municipal bonds at Dow Jones Newswires, is retiring from DJN but will remain open to freelance assignments and / or blogging about those areas. His last day at Dow Jones will be June 30. Read the rest of our "Top 10" after the jump.
  5. Eric Schurenberg, most recently editor-in-chief of BNET and editorial director of CBS MoneyWatch, has joined AARP The Magazine as financial editor-at-large.
  6. Temma Ehrenfeld has been appointed news editor for wealth management at Dow Jones Newswires, beginning September 6. She previously served as Assistant Editor at Newsweek and Senior Editor at Financial Planning.
  7. Nicole Ridgway has been appointed personal finance editor at She previously served as a reporter and deputy chief of reporters at Forbes, deputy editor of, and more recently executive editor of AOL’s WalletPop.
  8. Ruthie Ackerman has joined Dow Jones Newswires as a columnist, covering wealth management. She most recently served as a wealth management editor for American Banker, Financial Planning, On Wall Street, and Bank Investment Consultant.
  9. Aleksandra Todorova, senior writer at, moved in March to the position of managing editor of MintLife, the personal finance blog of, before recently departing that post to work for start-up
  10. Barron's promotes Daily Stock Alert Editor Fleming Meeks to executive editor. Assistant Managing Editor Phil Roosevelt shifts to deputy managing editor.

We track these moves as they happen, but want to make sure our readers are aware as well. We will continue to do regular updates when we see these types of changes in the industry. CJP

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