Kerry Hannon

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Kerry Hannon (born 1960, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American author,[1] career transition, personal finance and retirement expert and strategist and speaker and columnist.

Hannon is the award-winning author of a dozen books. Her latest is "Getting The Job You Want After 50 for Dummies. She is also the author of Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness, the gold-medal award-winning What's Next: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond' (Berkley, 2014) and the national bestseller "Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy … And Pays the Bills ( Wiley September 2012). Hannon is the award-winning author of What's Next? Follow Your Passions and Find Your Dream Job (Chronicle Books). She is a columnist and contributor for The New York Times, AARP's Work and Jobs Expert and writes the AARP "Great Jobs" column. She also writes the “Second Verse” column for and is a contributing editor to Forbes magazine. She writes a personal finance and work column for boomer women on the PBS website, Next Avenue. She is a contributing writer for Money magazine. She is a sought after keynote speaker on the topics of job hunting, What's Next career and life transitions, career happiness and engagement, and women and financial security.


Born in Pittsburgh, Hannon grew up in the suburb of Fox Chapel and graduated from Shady Side Academy. She holds a BA in comparative literature from Duke University. She started her career in 1982 as a correspondent for Business Week, a regional correspondent for Advertising Age, a reporter for Pittsburgh Magazine, The Pittsburgh Press and Pittsburgh Business Times. In February 1985, Hannon moved to Washington, DC to work as a reporter for The Washington Business Journal. She headed to New York City in September 1985 to join Forbes magazine where she rose from reporter to staff writer to assistant editor. She joined Money Magazine in 1991 as a staff writer covering personal finance. In 1992, she returned to Washington DC as an associate editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. In 1993, she headed across town to join the staff of U.S. News & World Report as an associate editor covering personal finance, business and health. After nearly a five-year run, Hannon joined USA Today as a columnist for the “Your Money” column and reporter covering personal finance, taxes and retirement issues. She was a regular women and money columnist for from 1998 to 2000.

In 1999, Hannon started her own media company. Hannon’s work has appeared in CBS, AARP Bulletin Today, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, Institutional Investor, USAA Magazine, Working Woman, Bloomberg Personal Finance, Your Company, Prism, The Chronicle of The Horse and Advertising Age, among other national publications. Hannon is a columnist and contributor to The New York Times, a contributing writer to Money magazine, a columnist and expert for PBS, AARP's Career and Jobs expert and a contributing editor and columnist at Forbes.

Hannon is the author of ten books, including Finding The Job You Want After 50 for Dummies, Love Your Job The New Rules for Career Happiness. What's Next?: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond, Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy ... And Pays the Bills, Getting Started In Estate Planning (John Wiley & Sons, 2000), Suddenly Single: Money Skills for Divorcees and Widows (John Wiley & Sons, 1998), Ten Minute Guide to Retirement for Women (MacMillan Publishing, 1996), and a non-fiction saga of an American Indian trading post, Trees in a Circle: The Teec Nos Pos Story (2000).(Source:

She has appeared as a financial and career expert on NBC Nightly News, ABC News, CBS, Fox News, CNBC, PBS, and CNN, in addition to national and regional television stations, and has been a guest on numerous radio programs, including National Public Radio’s Talk of The Nation. She is one of the country's leading career, retirement and personal finance authorities.

Hannon is a member of an editorial board at Duke University and the board of visitors at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

On July 4, 1992, she married Cliff Hackel, an Emmy-award winning television producer, director, and editor.. The couple reside in Washington, DC with their Labrador retriever, Zena.


  1. ^ Duffy (1997). Personal Growth and Behavior 1997-98. McGraw-Hill Higher Education. p. 187. ISBN 978-0-697-37336-6. Retrieved 16 April 2011.