Liz WestonLiz Weston is an award-winning, nationally-syndicated personal finance columnist who can make the most complex money topics understandable to the average reader.

Her first book “Your Credit Score” is a national best-seller. Its fourth edition was published in late 2011.

The New York Times called her book, “The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy,” a “wonderful basic personal finance book…Throughout, the book’s tone is supportive of people struggling to understand these topics and trying to make ends meet.”

Liz’s question-and-answer column “Money Talk” appears in newspapers throughout the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the Palm Beach Post, the Portland Oregonian and others. She currently writes a weekly column for Reuters and is a Bankrate contributing editor.

Liz is a regular commentator on American Public Media’s “Marketplace Money” and has contributed to NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and “All Things Considered.” She has appeared on “Dr. Phil,” “Today Show” and NBC Nightly News, and was for several years a weekly commentator on CNBC’s “Power Lunch.”

She was awarded the 2010 Betty Furness Consumer Media Award by the Consumer Federation of America, designed to honor individuals who have made “exceptional progress in American consumerism.”

Weston won a 2007 Clarion Award for her MSN Money series on financial benchmarks. Her MSN Money columns won several awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, including a 2008 “Best in Business” honor.

Weston started her career at the Seattle Times and then moved on to the Anchorage Daily News, where she was part of the writing team that won a Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service in 1989 for coverage of the alcoholism epidemic among native Alaskans. Her article on fetal alcohol syndrome led the coverage on Day 3 of the 10-day series.

Later, while at the Orange County Register, she was part of a three-member writing team that won a prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for coverage of the Comparator Systems penny stock scandal in 1997.

In 1998, she joined the business staff of the Los Angeles Times and began authoring “Money Talk.” Four years later, she left the Times to write for MSN.

Weston is an engaging, dynamic speaker who is frequently asked to address professionals including financial planners and CPAs.

Weston is a graduate of the certified financial planner training program at University of California, Irvine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

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