Carmen Wong Ulrich

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Carmen Wong Ulrich
Born New York, New York
Education Fairfield, B.A.
Columbia, M.S. in Psychology
Occupation Author, journalist & personal finance expert
Notable credit(s) CNBC On the Money (2005) host,
financial contributor for CBS This Morning,
Marketplace Money host
Author, "Generation Debt"
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Lawrence Ulrich (divorced)
Family one daughter

Carmen Wong Ulrich is an American radio, television & online journalist, and personal finance expert at CNBC where she was the former host of the 2005 version of On the Money, a personal finance program. She is currently a contributor to The Dr. Oz Show and iVillage. Carmen also writes a blog for that focuses on taking control of your personal finances.[1]

In October 2013, she was named host of the weekly radio program Marketplace Money, produced by American Public Media, beginning with the program of November 2, 2013.[2] While giving financial advice on the Marketplace Money program of October 26, 2013, she also revealed that she is now divorced and a single mother. As of February, 2014, Marketplace's website refers to her as a "Former Host."[3]

Carmen's blog made its debut on and her advice columns appear monthly in Glamour, Men’s Health and Latina magazine as well as online. Carmen also makes contributions to Essence and Diversity Women magazines. She has been making her name as a money expert appearing on CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, and Oprah Winfrey's XM radio network.[4]

Business Pundit named Carmen one of the 25 Hottest Women of Business in January 2009.[5] And in March 2009 Carmen's accomplishments were honored at the eighth annual New York City Women's History Month Celebration.[6]

Generation Debt[edit]

Carmen is the author of Generation Debt: Take Control of Your Money—A How-to Guide published by Grand Central Publishing in 2006. This 272 page book concentrates on the under-40 crowd giving tips on what to do about student loans and consumer debt. The guide also provides recommendations on how to establish a goal-oriented budget, make the most of payback options, and utilize employee savings and investment plans. Her book has appeared on the recommended reading list of The Wall Street Journal and her advice has been highlighted in The Washington Post.[4]

Carmen's second book entitled The Real Cost of Living: Making the Best Decisions for You, Your Life and Your Money was released by Perigee/Penguin in December 2010.


Carmen received a Bachelor's degree in psychology and art history from Fairfield University (Connecticut) and a Master's degree in psychology from Columbia University in the City of New York.[7]


Carmen is of Dominican descent. Her father Peter Wong, is of Chinese descent, though he is not her biological father[8] Wong Ulrich has daughter Bianca (2007) with ex-husband, Lawrence Ulrich, an auto critic for the New York Times.


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