Kate Dore Expertise: Debt, Credit scores, Banking, Insurance Title: Personal Finance Writer Education: University of Massachusetts Lowell, Belmont University Location: Nashville, Tennessee Highlights Certified Financial Planner (CFP)7+ years of experience covering debt, credit scores, banking products, mortgages, insurance, and moreFormer financial literacy instructor in Tennessee Experience Kate Dore is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a personal finance writer with over seven years of experience. She has extensively written about insurance, debt, credit scores, banking products, mortgages among other personal finance topics. She joined CNBC as a personal finance reporter in 2021.Kate's work has appeared in notable financial publications such as Business Insider, Financial Planning Magazine, MagnifyMoney, Credit Karma and Simple Money Magazine.She is passionate about LGBTQ+ advocacy. She serves as a Steering Committee member for the Human Rights Campaign Nashville. She also teaches financial literacy with Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee. She recently served on the Board of Directors for the Financial Planning Association of Middle Tennessee. The Balance Product Review Editorial Guidelines & Mission Education Kate graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor's of Music degree with an emphasis in Music Business. She also has a Certificate in Financial Planning from Belmont University. 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.