Expertise: Business | Consumer business | Personal finance | Credit card industry | Marketing & advertising
Background: Kimberly Palmer joined U.S.News & World Report in early 2007 as an associate editor for the print and online Money & Business section. She is the author of the personal finance blog Alpha Consumer on www.usnews.com, and weekly on-air guest on WTOP-FM, the top news talk radio station in Washington, D.C. She has written about trends in the credit card industry, personal finance, consumerism, retail trends, creativity in the workplace, working mothers, and paying for college. Before joining U.S. News, Palmer worked at Government Executive magazine from 2004 until 2006, where she broke stories on “Buy American” policies and other government and business related stories. For two years before her Government Executive job, Palmer contributed stories to the Wall Street Journal and the RedEye, an edition of the Chicago Tribune. She spent a year in Japan at the International Herald Tribune in 2002 as a Time Inc. Henry Luce Scholar, where she covered health policy, culture, and education. Palmer, a Washington, D.C., native, received a bachelor’s in history from Amherst College in 2001, and a master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago in 2004.
Honors: Time Inc. Henry Luce Scholar in Tokyo, Japan, 2001 | Harris Scholar at University of Chicago, 2002 | Samuel Bowles Prize, 2001 |Gold Folio Award, 2007
Media appearances: Palmer has been interviewed on Court TV’s Star Jones, C-SPAN, FOX Business Network, KTTV FOX 11 (FOX News Los Angeles), MSNBC’s News Live,and Retirement Living TV’s Daily Café, as well as major metro radio stations. As a weekly radio guest on WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C., she discusses consumer news, tips, and advice.
Blog: Alpha Consumer, usnews.com/alphaconsumer