Expertise: Retirement Planning | Social Security | 401(k)s and IRAs | Aging | Baby boomers | Saving for retirement | Best places to retire | Paying for college | Personal finance
Background: Emily Brandon has written about retirement and aging issues for U.S.News & World Report and www.usnews.com since February 2006. She writes the Planning to Retire blog, which provides financial advice on preparing for retirement. Recently, she has covered Social Security, pursuit of a new career after age 50, and tips on investing and withdrawing cash from IRAs and 401(k)s. She has also spent much of the past year learning about, traveling to, and conversing with retirees about the best places to retire in the United States. Before joining U.S. News, Brandon worked as the sole reporter for a start up health magazine published by her hometown newspaper, the Utica, N.Y. Observer-Dispatch. She has also contributed articles to Parenting, the Washington Post Express, and Consumer Reports. For the last publication, she uncovered evidence that Medicare-approved drug discount cards may not save seniors money on several major prescription drugs compared to shopping online. Brandon graduated in 2004 from the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s in writing, media communications, and brain and cognitive science. She also holds a certificate of management studies from the University of Rochester’s business school.
Honors: Business Reporting Fellow, University of Maryland, 2006
Media Appearances: Brandon has been interviewed on major market radio and television shows, including CBS Radio, WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.), and Retirement Living Television.
Blog: Planning to Retire, usnews.com/blogs/planning-to-retire