I'm an award-winning financial writer, who spent 18 years at the Los Angeles Times and now write for CBS News, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, Inc. and Reuters, among others. Among the awards I'm proudest of are the Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award from the Consumer Federation of America and the CACE Award for Excellence in Consumer Education presented by the California Alliance for Consumer Education. I've also won a John Hancock business writing award and played a small role in Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of Los Angeles fires and earthquakes. I've written three books -- Kathy Kristof's Complete Book of Dollars and Sense (1997, MacMillan Publishing);Taming the Tuition Tiger (2002, Bloomberg); and Investing 101 (2000 & updated and expanded in 2008; Bloomberg Press). However my real claim to fame is that I was once a Jeopardy question: "Kathy Kristof replaced what famous syndicated personal finance writer who died in 1991?" Correct answer: "Who was Sylvia Porter."