Kate Ashford is a freelance journalist who writes about personal finance, career and consumer trends. She's a contributing writer for Money and Forbes.com, and her work has appeared in more than two dozen national magazines and newspapers, including Family Circle, Fitness, Good Housekeeping, Health, More, Parade, Parents, Real Simple, Redbook, Self, Shape, Woman's Day, and Women's Health. Online, she's been a contributing blogger on AOL and RealSimple.com. Prior to going freelance in 2007, she held staff positions at both Good Housekeeping and Money, where she covered personal finance, insurance, travel, and consumer trends. She's also held freelance positions at Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Entertainment Weekly. She has appeared on CNN, ABC, CBS, and local New York TV stations, as well as several radio shows. She was nominated for a Business Journalist of the Year Award in 2008.

Kate holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She lives in Westchester, New York with her husband and two daughters.