Richard Eisenberg (BSJ78) is the Managing Editor of PBS’s NextAvenue.org, a website for baby boomers that focuses on personal finances and careers. Rich is also the editor of the Money & Security and Work & Purpose channels at the site.
Rich began his career in 1978 as a researcher at Money magazine and then spent 19 years moving all the way up to Executive Editor. He also created and managed Money’s successful and much-copied “Best Places to Live in America” franchise.
He spent 10 years at Good Housekeeping as an editor for the magazine and website; worked on its syndicated TV news service and the Good Housekeeping Savvy Consumer syndicated newspaper column; and ran the magazine’s books program.
Rich also worked as a freelance writer and editor for websites like CBSMoneywatch.com and magazines like AARP, USA Weekend and Ladies Home Journal. Before moving to Next Avenue, Rich was Front Page Finance Editor for Yahoo.com.
Rich credits his local Medill club for helping his career continue to evolve. “I’m still learning through Medill in various ways,” he says (he served as the club’s president for five years). “Recently, I enrolled in the Medill MOOC led by John Lavine, and I frequently attend the New York City Medill Club’s educational events.”
Rich has written two books: How to Avoid a Mid-Life Financial Crisis and The Money Book of Personal Finance.
In 2013, Rich was selected as a National Press Foundation Fellow and participated in the NPF’s program on retirement issues.
“The tools I picked up at Medill help me become a better writer and editor every day,” he says. “Many of the best journalists I’ve worked with throughout my career are — no surprise — Medill grads, too.”
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