Jane Bryant Quinn
Alma materMiddlebury College

Jane Bryant Quinn (born February 5, 1939) is an American financial journalist. She is one of the nation's leading commentators on personal finance.[1][2] Her policy columns have addressed matters of top concern to citizens, including investor protection, health insurance, Social Security, and the sufficiency of retirement plans.


She was born in Niagara Falls, New York, and graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women. She is a contributing editor for Newsweek, where she wrote a biweekly column for 30 years,[3] retiring it in 2009. She also writes a bimonthly column for Bloomberg.com.

Her twice-weekly, syndicated Washington Post Writers Group column, "Staying Ahead", ran for 27 years in over 250 newspapers and is considered one of the most successful newspaper columns. She retired it after a 27-year run.[4] Quinn was co-founder, editor and general manager of McGraw-Hill's "Personal Finance Letter." She was a reporter, then a co-editor of the consumer publication, "The Insider's Newsletter," formerly published by Cowles Communications.[5] For ten years, she worked for CBS News, first on The CBS Morning News, then on The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. She has been a regular on ABC's The Home Show as well as a guest on Good Morning America, Nightline and many other programs.

She has also written personal finance columns for Woman's Day and Good Housekeeping. She hosted the PBS program on personal finance, Take Charge, and co-hosted an investment series Beyond Wall Street, also on PBS.

She helped develop the top-selling software program Quicken Financial Planner, a personalized guide to saving and investing for college and retirement.

She has served on the boards of the Harvard School of Public Health, the Jerome Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and her alma mater, Middlebury College. She is currently a director of Bloomberg L.P., the financial services company, and of GSE Systems, Inc.[6] The World Almanac named her one of the 25 most influential and powerful women in America.

Starting in 2010, Quinn became editorial director of hyperlocal media startup Main Street Connect, where she is also a member of its board of directors.[7]

Her late husband, David C. Quinn, was a lawyer. She has two sons, Matthew Ostrowski and Justin Quinn. She has three stepchildren, David P. Quinn, Martha Quinn, and Christopher Quinn. She married author Carll Tucker in 2008.[8]




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  3. ^ (old clippings show that it was) initially by-lined as Jane Bryant
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