Ellen McGirt
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When she’s not pestering elected officials and corporate evildoers or pursuing her dream of a prescription drug benefit for seniors, Ellen McGirt occasionally shows up at her job at Money magazine to write about healthcare, travel and the coming crisis in just about everything. She is a primary contributor to Money’s “Real People” section, which profiles ordinary geniuses who solve financial problems in unique ways.

A personal epiphany after September 11th inspired her to toss her career plan, enlist a companion, max out her credit card and discover America in a 16,000 mile roadtrip. The people they met and the adventures they had are being compiled into a book. Barring any smiting from the publishing gods, Love Letter from America will emerge this year.

She first earned a national reputation as a writer and online community builder as the founder of CassandrasRevenge.com, an award-winning investor education website for women, which has become a leading destination for investment and financial information on the web and was recently selected as one of Forbes magazine’s “best of the web.”

McGirt, a former columnist for AOL and Oxygen Media, can regularly be found yapping on CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Good Day NY and, in the spirit of keeping it real, BET. She is a graduate of Brown University and is a fifth generation New Yorker, which means more to her now than it ever did.