Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists

NPF Award Winner: Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists - Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary 2018

The Washington Post

Michelle Singletary is a nationally syndicated personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. Her column, “The Color of Money” is an award-winning column carried in dozens of newspapers across the country.

She is the author of three books: “The 21 Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Free” (Zondervan); “Your Money and Your Man: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich” (Random House); “Spend Well, Live Rich: How to Live Well With the Money You Have” (Random House.)

Singletary was the financial expert for “The Revolution,” a daytime program on ABC. For two seasons she was host of her own national television program “Singletary Says” on TV One.  In 2011, “Spend Well, Live Rich with Michelle Singletary,” an hour-long program, premiered on the PBS station WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto.

She is a frequent contributor to various NPR programs including “1A,” and American Public Media’s “Marketplace Money.” For six years, Singletary delivered weekly personal finance segments for National Public Radio’s afternoon program “Day To Day.”

Singletary has appeared on all major television networks and various cable programs, including NBC’s “Today Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “The Early Show,” CNN and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Singletary has also written for the flagship “O, The Oprah Magazine.”

As part of her commitment to community service, Singletary volunteers as the director of “Prosperity Partners Ministry,” a financial program she founded at her church, First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG), in which women and men, who handle their money well, mentor others who are having financial challenges.

As part of her ministry work, she also volunteers in Maryland prisons to teach financial literacy to prerelease male and female prison inmates. At FBCG’s in-house educational center, “The Institutes,” Singletary and her husband, Kevin, conduct a 12-week course called “Mastering Money In Marriage.”

In her column, media appearances and ministry, Singletary delivers advice on personal finance issues that range from lending your honey money (Don’t do it!), to raising money smart kids (You can do it!) to the importance of saving, investing, getting out of debt and maintaining a good credit score (You must do it!).

Singletary is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, and Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a master’s degree in business and management. Singletary and her husband reside in Maryland with their three children and dog, Simba.

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