Dori Zinn Title: Personal finance writer Education: Florida Atlantic University Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Expertise: Financial services and products, credit and debt, budgeting, investing, personal and student loans, mortgages Has written hundreds of articles on credit, debt, loans, budgeting, investing, financial services and products, and moreAn award-winning journalist with over 10 years of experienceWork has appeared on Wirecutter, Bankrate, Credit Karma, and numerous other well-known personal finance websites Experience Dori Zinn has over 10 years of experience as an award-winning journalist and financial writer covering credit, debt, loans, budgeting, investing, bank products, services, and more. She has been published on dozens of financial websites including Credit Karma, Bankrate, Wirecutter. LendingTree, ValuePenguin, SmartAsset, Nav, Earnest, Debt.com, Student Loan Hero, Quartz, Yahoo Finance, Credible, and more.Dori is also the president of her own company, Blossomers Media Inc., which focuses on web development, content strategy, and consulting.Dori has been involved with the Society of Professional Journalists in Florida for years. She previously served as Vice President of Membership from 2009 to 2014, Executive Vice President from 2014 to 2015, and President from 2015 to 2017. Education Dori graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor's degree in multimedia journalism. About The Balance The Balance, a Dotdash Meredith brand, makes money easy to understand. We give people tools they need to not only make smart financial decisions but also prepare for the experiences they will have along the way. Our team of expert writers and editors have extensive qualifications in the topics they cover, and many of them have MBAs, PhDs, CFPs, and other advanced degrees and professional certifications. We require our writers to use primary sources in their articles, which are also approved by our Financial Review Board and fact-checked. You can learn more about the standards we follow in producing accurate, unbiased content in our editorial policy.