Ellen McGirt
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When she’s not pestering elected officials and corporate evildoers or pursuing her dream of health insurance for all Americans, Ellen McGirt occasionally shows up at her job at Money magazine to write about health care, personal finance, and the coming crisis in just about everything. She is also the writer behind Money "Helps," an advocacy and troubleshooting column which helps wronged or snafu'd readers untangle red tape messes and get some justice. Her colleagues wish she'd lose the superhero cape, however.

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 road trip. She is hard at work completing an anthology of the oral histories she collected called Remember the Beautiful: A People's Memoir of America.

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