Jean Sherman Chatzky (born November 7, 1964) is an American financial journalist, author and motivational speaker. Chatzky has given personal financial advice on various TV shows. She is the financial editor for NBC's Today Show.
Starting her career in 1986 at Working Woman, Chatzky rose from editorial assistant to assistant editor. In 1989 she left journalism and joined the equity research department of Dean Witter Reynolds, returning to journalism two years later as a reporter/researcher at Forbes. She moved to the Dow Jones/Hearst start-up SmartMoney in 1992, rising from staff writer to senior editor. After a five-year run, Chatzky joined Money Magazine in 1998.
Chatzky is also the financial editor for NBC’s Today Show. Jean also maintains a daily blog on her website, www.jeanchatzky.com. In 2011 Jean became the Director of Education for SavvyMoney.com.
In addition to her professional work, Chatzky supports various service groups and is on the board of the Nora Magid Mentorship prize at the University of Pennsylvania, co-founded by her husband, Eliot Kaplan, which helps journalism students get a head-start in the field. She is also on the Communications Committee for the University of Pennsylvania.
Chatzky received the Clarion Award for magazine columns from the Association of Woman in Communications in 2002, and her radio show received a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. She has also been nominated twice as part of a three-person writing team each time for National Magazine Awards in Personal Service and was named one of the country’s 30 best magazine columnists by the Chicago Tribune in 2003. In 2009, the Consumer Federation of America awarded Chatzky the Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award for her nearly two decades of pioneering personal finance education.