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Janet Bodnar, Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Janet Bodnar, Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Janet Bodnar

Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Janet Bodnar is editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. During her career at Kiplinger, Bodnar has written about a wide range of topics on investing, money management and the economy.   

She is also a nationally recognized expert in the field of children's and family finances, and the author of several books. Her latest book is Money Smart Women: Everything You Need to Know to Achieve a Lifetime of Financial Security (Kaplan). Praising Money Smart Women,  Time magazine noted that Bodnar “avoids the patronizing finger wagging and sticks to giving advice that women can really use.” She speaks frequently on the subject of women and money.

Bodnar’s "Money-Smart Kids" column appears regularly at It was chosen by as one of the top financial columns online. And Bodnar is the kids and money coach on the AOL Coaches site.  

Her book, Raising Money Smart Kids (Kaplan), was a finalist in the personal finance category of the Books for a Better Life awards, honoring the best self-improvement books. It was also a selection of the Washington Post’s Color of Money book club.

Bodnar has appeared on Oprah, Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show on CBS, Fox, CNBC and PBS. She has done hundreds of radio and TV interviews, and appears regularly on CNN and WTOP, the major all-news radio station in Washington, D.C. She is a popular speaker, and has been quoted in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal and Institutional Investor to Parents and Glamour.  

Bodnar has been recognized by American University for excellence in personal finance reporting, and by the National Council on Family Relations for her televised reports on children and money. The audio version of her book (read by the author) received three “best of” awards, from Publishers Weekly (business category), Library Journal (nonfiction) and the Audio Publishers Association (educational category).

Prior to joining Kiplinger’s, Bodnar worked for The Providence Journal and The Washington Post. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, she received her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.

Married, she is the mother of three children. Follow her “tweets” at

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