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Brian J. O’Connor is an award-winning journalist with 30 years newspaper experience on The Detroit News, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, as well as Manhattan weekly newspapers.
He is a nationally syndicated personal finance columnist who writes the Breaking-Banks.com blog, as well as author of “The $1,000 Challenge: How One Family Slashed Its Budget Without Moving Under a Bridge or Living on Government Cheese” from Portfolio-Penguin. In addition to garnering rave reviews, “The $1,000 Challenge” was named Best Money Management Book of the Year by The Institute for Financial Literacy.
O’Connor is a three-time winner of humor-writing awards from the National Society of Newspaper columnists, among others, as well as three Best in Business awards for his column and news coverage from the Society of American Business Editors and Writer. He was the founding managing editor of Bankrate.com, the Web’s most popular finance site, and his freelance work has been featured in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Martha Stewart Living and The Wall Street Journal.
O’Connor holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College, and earned a master’s of science in journalism at Columbia University, where he was a 2001 Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business.